Dr. Jon Cavanaugh


Jon Cavanaugh, PhD

Resident Assistant Professor

Phone: 402.280.3195

E-mail: Jon-RyanCavanaugh@creighton.edu


Physiological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Learning: Basic Processes, Introductory Psychology

Research Interests:

Dr. Cavanaugh's research examines how the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin regulate social behavior in non-human primates, with an emphasis on their roles in social development, affiliation and aggression, and offspring care. His work ultimately informs the design and application of selective therapeutics for neuropsychiatric disorders that include maladaptive social functioning (e.g., autism, anxiety, depression) by providing further clarity on the age-, sex-, and context-specific roles of neuropeptidergic functioning across the lifespan in a highly translational model.

Recent Publications:

Cavanaugh J, Mustoe AC, Womack SL, French, JA (2018). Oxytocin modulates mate-guarding behavior in marmoset monkeys. Horm. Behav.

Cavanaugh J, Mustoe AC, French JA (2018). Oxytocin regulates reunion affiliation with a pairmate following social separation in marmosets. Am J Primatol, 80.

French JA and Cavanaugh J et al. (2018). Social monogamy in nonhuman primates: Phylogeny, phenotype, and physiology. Annu Rev Sex Res, 55, 410-434.

Cavanaugh J, Carp SB, Rock CM, French JA (2016). Oxytocin modulates behavioral and physiological responses to stressors in marmoset monkeys. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 66, 22-30.

Cavanaugh J, Huffman MC, Harnisch A, French JA (2015). Marmosets treated with oxytocin are more socially attractive to their long-term mate. Front Behav Neurosci, 9(251).

Cavanaugh J, Mustoe AC, Taylor JH, French JA (2014). Oxytocin facilitates fidelity in well-established marmoset pairs by reducing sociosexual behavior toward opposite-sex strangers. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49, 1-10.

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