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Dr. Jessica Saalfield

Post-Doctoral Fellow (INSPIRE Program)

Office: SMH 217A

Email: js2648@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Phone: 848-445-9388

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Selected Publications
  • Recent Awards


Jessica joined Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies in October 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow with the INSPIRE program at Rutgers/RWJMS. She completed her PhD at Binghamton University under Dr. Linda Spear where she worked using a rodent model to examine neurobehavioral function during adolescence and the acute and lasting effects of adolescent alcohol/drug use. She will begin teaching within the Psychology Department at New Jersey City University in the fall as part of her INSPIRE fellowship.

Current Research

Jessica is currently working with Dr. Jennifer Buckman in the Athlete Health and Neuroscience Laboratory where she is characterizing objective measures of sport-related concussions from cognitive, balance, and cardiovascular data. The goal of her research is to improve measurement of concussion severity and predict recovery timelines. She also plans to start her own project in the coming year.

Selected Publications

Saalfield, J. & Spear, L.P. (2019).  Fos activation patterns related to acute ethanol and conditioned taste aversion in adolescent and adult rats. Alcohol, 78, 57-68.

Dannenhoffer, C. A., Kim, E. U., Saalfield, J., Werner, D. F., Varlinskaya, E. I., & Spear, L. P. (2018). Oxytocin and vasopressin modulation of social anxiety following adolescent intermittent ethanol exposure. Psychopharmacology235(10), 3065-3077.

Saalfield, J., & Spear, L.P. (2016). The ontogeny of ethanol aversion. Physiology and Behavior, 156, 164-170.

Saalfield, J., & Spear, L. (2015). Consequences of repeated ethanol exposure during early or late adolescence on conditioned taste aversions in rats. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 174-182.

Saalfield, J., & Spear, L. (2014). Developmental differences in the effects of alcohol and stress on heart rate variability. Physiology & Behavior135, 72-80.

Recent Awards

2019 IRACDA National Meeting Poster Award Winner
2019 Gamburg Innovation Award Winner
2018 National Institute of Health INSPIRE IRACDA K12 Award at Rutgers/RWJMS