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Gilman Lab

Health & Behavioral Neuroscience

Land Acknowledgement
Adapted from Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance

The traditional people this land belongs to include the Nations of the Delaware, Miami, Mingo, Ottawa, Shawnee, Wyandot and Cayuga. This land acknowledgement pays respect to the traditions, ancestors, and contemporary cultural and spiritual practices of Indigenous Americans. Please take a moment to consider the legacies of violence and displacement that have removed Indigenous Americans from their land.  The Gilman Lab recognizes that our work takes place on this land that was forcibly and unlawfully taken from these Indigenous Nations.

Research in the Gilman lab is focused on bridging gaps in knowledge about how genes, diet, and exposure to environmental stress interact to promote (mal)adaptive behavioral changes.  Such behavioral shifts can include persistent consumption of unhealthy diet, inappropriate responses to stressors, or both, which can contribute to psychiatric disease vulnerability (e.g., depression, anxiety) plus comorbidity with cardiovascular or metabolic diseases.  Specifically, we are investigating how diet- and stress-modulated neuroactive hormones and neuroinflammation  modulate dopaminergic signaling, and interact with genetic differences that influence dopaminergic signaling, to initiate and perpetuate feed-forward pathophysiology that can dramatically impact behavior.

The Gilman Lab advocates for inclusivity, diversity, equity, and  accessibility (IDEA) in neuroscience.  We recognize that IDEA are crucial to the success and advancement of neuroscience, and science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) fields more broadly.  In addition to educating ourselves and continually working to improve IDEA of/in our lab, Dr. Gilman engages in collaborative research to promote IDEA practices in STEAM, and to increase retention of people with historically excluded and minoritized identities in STEAM fields.


People are the most important lab resource.  Meet our essential lab members. 

NOTE: We currently have a full lab, and are thus NOT seeking applications for graduate students this cycle (Fall 2023 deadline).

Our first ever lab photos!! 27 Jun 2023

Photo credit: Ida Celliti

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Gilman Lab
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

In the Gilman Lab, we actively work to perpetuate a welcoming, comfortable, and accepting work environment for individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, all cultures and religions, all gender and sexual identities, and all financial and academic backgrounds.  We recognize that everyone has had to learn things - no one is born knowing neuroscience or lab techniques.  We require that all lab members are treated with respect, and are met where they are in their learning path.  Our desire is that every lab member can be their genuine selves in lab, as much as they feel comfortable doing so.  We work to actively educate ourselves about historical and present biases, prejudices, inequities, and abuse against marginalized, oppressed, and minoritized groups through regular lab meeting discussions.  In doing so, we have also encountered many excellent resources, and gladly share those here.

Jasmin Beaver​, M.A.

PhD Candidate, Joined 2019

Jasmin graduated from Kent State University with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Biological Sciences in 2018. Her research interests include the impact of stress and diet on behavior as well as how that may contribute to the development of neuropsychiatric disorders and health-related conditions. She is also interested in the development and improvement of pharmacological treatments for different neuropsychiatric disorders.

Jasmin Beaver, B.S.

Lauren Scrimshaw


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2022

Lauren is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Biological Sciences. Lauren plans to earn a graduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. Lauren's research interests include how neurotransmitters and genes can lead to psychiatric disorders.


Alli Hite, B.S.


Undergraduate Student, 2022-2023

Lab Manager, Started 2023

Alli is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Biology. Alli plans to earn a graduate degree in Cognitive Psychology. Alli's research interests include how behavior/ learning can be altered depending on the environment.


Elayna Hallal


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2023

Elayna is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in neuroscience and will graduate in December 2023.  Her research interests at the moment include cognitive neuroscience and aerospace physiology. 


Aliyah Ross


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2023

Aliyah is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology and minoring in Chinese. She plans on earning a graduate degree, but she is unsure what field she wants to continue in. Her goal in joining the Gilman Lab is to find a field of psychology that she loves and wants to proceed with her education in.


Anna Crites, B.S., B.A.

Graduate Student, Joined 2023

Anna graduated from Siena Heights University in 2023 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor. Her goals include developing a better understanding of the physiology and etiology of psychiatric disorders in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment methods for individuals.


Grace Sonick, B.S.


Graduate Student, Joined 2023

Grace graduated from Kent State University in 2022 with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. Her research interests include examining how diet can play a role in the development of psychiatric disorders and the reverse, how psychiatric disorders can influence diet.  


T. Lee Gilman, Ph.D.


Principal Investigator

There are two equal goals of the Gilman lab.  One goal is to fill in substantial knowledge gaps regarding how exposure to different diets and stressors influence hormones that interact with neurophysiological processes regulating emotions and behaviors.  The other goal is to culture a supportive, diverse, challenging, and multifaceted research experience for trainees, providing them with a broad range of skills that will serve them in whatever career paths they pursue. 

T. Lee Gilman, Ph.D.
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Lab Member Activities & Accomplishments

Brady Weber

Had his first first-author empirical paper accepted!

Nov 2023


600 Hilltop Dr.

Dept. of Psychological Sciences

Kent State University

Kent, OH 44242

We are located in Kent Hall, in the Department of Psychological Sciences, at Kent State University. 


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