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Terrence Deak




Generally speaking, our work examines the intersection between neuroendocrine systems and neuroimmune function under a variety of circumstances. Ongoing studies test specific hypotheses regarding the overall impact of external threats such as stress challenges and binge-like alcohol exposure on specific features of brain function using rodent models. A long term goal of our work is to better understand developmental differences in, and long lasting consequences of, early life stress and alcohol exposure. More recently, our work has included growing emphasis on circuit-level changes that disrupt social behavior among aged populations. Our approach utilizes a combination of molecular procedures (RT-PCR, RNASeq), behavioral pharmacology, in vivo microdialysis and immunohistochemistry to achieve these goals.


  • PhD, MA, University of Colorado
  • BS, Bowling Green State University

Research Interests

  • Stress responsive systems
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neural-immune interactions
  • Alcohol
  • Developmental neurobiology and brain aging

Teaching Interests

  • Development Economics: Microeconomic Issues
  • Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research Methods


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2010-2011
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2003

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Sample Publications:

  1. One Step at a Time: Does Gradualism Build Coordination? (with M. Ye, J. Zheng and Sam Asher). 2019. Management Science (Behavioral Economics section) 65(11). doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2018.3210. [Published Paper] [PDF of Preprint] AEA RCT Entry. Brief Blurb
  2. Vocational training programs and youth labor market outcomes: Evidence from Nepal. (Lead & corresponding author for this study; with S. Chakravarty, M. Lundberg and J. Zenker). 2019. Journal of Development Economics 136(1):71-110. doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2018.09.002. [Published Paper] [Copy]* [PDF of Preprint] AEA RCT Entry Brief Blurb
  3. Do Public Program Benefits Crowd Out Private Transfers in Developing Countries? A Critical Review of Recent Evidence. (with M. Bonci) (Accepted/Forthcoming, World Development) [PDF of Preprint]
  4. Do Private Household Transfers to the Elderly Respond to Public Pension Benefits? Evidence from Rural China (with A. Adelman). 2019. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 14C(Fall):100204. doi.org/10.1016/j.jeoa.2019.100204.[Published Paper] [PDF of Preprint] Brief Blurb
  5. Cognition and Labor Market Consequences in Sub-Saharan Africa (with N. Jimi). 2020. (Accepted, Labour Economics)

Research Profile