Kent State Neuroscience

Gilman Lab

Health & Behavioral Neuroscience

Research in the Gilman lab is focused on bridging gaps in knowledge about how consuming unhealthy diets, or experiencing other forms of environmental stress, feed forward to promote maladaptive behavioral changes.  Such behavioral shifts include persistent consumption of unhealthy diet, inappropriate responses to stressors, or both, frequently culminating in psychiatric diseases (e.g., depression, anxiety) that are comorbid with metabolic or cardiovascular diseases.  Specifically, we are investigating how diet- and stress-related neuroactive hormones (e.g., insulin, corticosterone) modulate dopaminergic signaling to initiate and perpetuate this feed-forward pathophysiology that can dramatically impact behavior.


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

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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 encountered many excellent resources, and gladly share those here.

Jasmin Beaver​, M.A.

Graduate Student, 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.

Matthew Ford, B.S.


Post-Baccalaureate Volunteer, Joined 2020

Matt graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Psychology in 2020, and his research interests primarily focus on genetic predispositions/biological behaviors associated with depressive disorders. Matt's goal in the  lab is to seek clarity in pursuing either Behavioral Neuroscience or Clinical Psychology in possible future graduate school endeavors; as well as to help with current projects occurring in the lab.

Anna Anello


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2020

Anna is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience. Her research interests include studying the impact of external factors on behavior, neuropsychiatric disorders, and how the brain regulates behavior.

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Sarah Kassis


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2021

Sarah is an undergraduate student studying psychology. Her main research goal is bridging the gap between understanding in physical and emotional health. She is also interested in how diet impacts behavior and fear processing. 

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Kaitlyn Ruffin


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2021

Kaitlyn is an undergraduate psychology major.  Their research interests include working memory, stress, and intelligence testing.  They also have an interest in personality disorders treatment, the impact of nutrition on behavior, and human mental potential.  


Brady Weber, M.S.

Lab Manager, Joined 2021

Brady graduated from Slippery Rock University and from Kent State University, receiving a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Biology, respectively. In 2021, he earned his Master’s degree in Pathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His goals include attending medical school and pursuing interests in Surgery, Oncology, Neurology, and Cardiology.


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.
Lab Member Activities & Accomplishments

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. 


thestressedbrain [at] gmail [dot] com


Kent State faculty page

Jasmin Beaver 

Is first author on the Gilman Lab's FIRST EVER PUBLICATION, accepted at Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews

Oct 2021