Lisa Robison

Lisa Robison

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Lisa Robison is a behavioral neuroscientist whose primary interests lie in determining how engaging in healthy behaviors (e.g. exercising, eating a healthy diet) can promote brain health and reduce the risk of diseases with a neurobiological basis, including neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. Unfortunately, many of these diseases, such as addiction, mood disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression), and Alzheimer's disease, lack cures or even treatments that are universally highly effective. Therefore, investigation of these modifiable lifestyle factors is of utmost importance, not only to determine if they can be used to prevent and/or treat brain-based diseases, but also how, as doing so may allow us to identify novel targets for treatment. Additionally, she is interested in how biological factors, such as an individual's sex and age, may influence responses to these lifestyle interventions. This research may therefore help pave the way for sex-specific medicine. Dr. Robison has primarily used rodent models, behavior testing, neuroimaging, and biochemical techniques in her past work.

  • PhD, Integrative Neuroscience, Stony Brook University
  • MA, Psychology, Stony Brook University
  • BA, Molecular Biology, Colgate University


Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Project
  • Drugs, Mind, and Behavior
  • Health Psychology

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


Dr. Lisa Robison was raised in the liberal arts tradition as an undergraduate majoring in Molecular Biology at Colgate University. She first fell in love with neuroscience while working during her summers off from Colgate as a research assistant in the Behavioral Neuropharmacology and Neuroimaging Lab of Drs. Panayotis Thanos and Nora Volkow (NIDA). She continued working in this lab as an NIH IRTA postbac fellow before starting graduate school at Stony Brook University, from which she received her Master's in Psychology and PhD in Integrative Neuroscience. During this time, her major projects involved studying the drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) to treat ADHD and the use of aerobic exercise to prevent/treat addiction. At Stony Brook, Dr. Robison also worked with Drs. John Robinson and William Van Nostrand to study the effects of modifiable lifestyle factors, particularly exercise, on healthy aging and dementia. She was awarded the Biopsycholog y Founders Endowed Fellowship for Research from Stony Brook University to fund her dissertation work. Following the receival of her PhD, she went on to work with Dr. Kristen Zuloaga as a postdoctoral Research Associate at Albany Medical investigating metabolic and vascular contributions to dementia, with particular interest in the effects of high fat diet and obesity. Working with undergraduates has always been one of Dr. Robison's favorite parts of being a researcher, and she looks forward to collaborating with Stetson students on projects that fit their interests and future goals!

Dr. Robison has previously taught at Stony Brook University, SUNY College at Old Westbury, SUNY Albany, and Albany Medical College, where she taught classes on neuro/psychopharmacology and addiction, Behavioral neuroscience, neuroanatomy, statistics, and research methods. As a graduate student, she was awarded the Psychology Department Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student, from Stony Brook University.


  • Non-cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and associated neuropathology
  • Sex differences in the effects of diet and metabolic disease on aging and dementia
  • The influence of exercise and environmental enrichment on aging and dementia
  • Effects of aerobic exercise on drug-seeking behavior and reward-related neurobiology
  • Consequences of long-term Ritalin use (ADHD medication)


Representative publications (# denotes undergraduate co-author).

  • Robison, L.S., Xu, F., Popescu, D., Anderson, M.E., Beigelman, S.I.#, Amrein, S.A.#, Kuzmina, A.E.#, Lituma, D.A. #, Liu, W. #, Fitzgerald, S.M., Subzwari, S.#, Davis, J., Robinson, J.K., Van Nostrand, W.E. 2020. Environmental enrichment: Disentangling the influence of novelty, social and physical activity on cerebral amyloid angiopathy in a transgenic mouse model. International J of Mol Sciences, 21(3), 843.
  • Robison, L.S., Albert, N.#, Camargo, L., Anderson, B.M., Salinero, A.E., Riccio, D.A., Abi-Ghanem, C., Gannon, O.J., Zuloaga, K.L. 2019. High fat diet-induced obesity causes sex-specific deficits in adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mice. eNeuro, 7(1).
  • Robison, L.S., Popescu, D., Anderson, M.E., Francis, N., Hatfield, J., Sullivan, J., Beigelman, S.I.#, Xu, F., Anderson, B.J., Van Nostrand, W.E, Robinson, J.K. 2019. Long-term voluntary wheel running does not alter vascular amyloid burden but reduces neuroinflammation in the Tg-SwDI mouse model of cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Journal of Neuroinflammation, 16(1), 144.
  • Robison, L.S., Gannon, O.J., Salinero, A.E., Zuloaga, K.L. 2018. Contributions of sex to cerebrovascular function and pathology. Brain Research, 1710, 43-60.
  • Robison, L.S., Alessi, L.A., Thanos, P.K. 2018. Chronic forced exercise inhibits stress-induced reinstatement of cocaine conditioned place preference. Behavioral Brain Research, 353, 176-184.
  • Robison, L.S., Swenson, S.#, Hamilton, J., Thanos, P.K. Exercise reduces dopamine D1R & increases D2R in rats: Implications for addiction. 2018. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(8):1596-1602.
  • Robison, L.S., Popescu, D.L., Anderson, M.E., Beigelman, S.I.#, Fitzgerald, S.M., Kuzmina, A.E.#, Lituma, D.A.#, Subzwari, S.#, Michaelos, M., Anderson, B.J. and Van Nostrand, W.E. 2018. The effects of volume versus intensity of long-term voluntary exercise on physiology and behavior in C57/Bl6 mice. Physiology & Behavior, 194 (2018): 218-232.
  • Robison, L.S., Michaelos, M., Gandhi, J., Miao, E.#, Lam, C.-Y.#, Mauceri, A.#, Vitale, M., Lee, J.#, Paeng, S.#, Komatsu, D.E., Hadjiargyrou, M., Thanos, P.K. 2017. Sex differences in developmental and behavioral effects of chronic oral methylphenidate in rats. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 11: 53.
  • Robison, L., Ananth, M., Komatsu, D.E., Hadjiargyrou, M., Thanos, P. K. 2017. Chronic oral methylphenidate treatment reversibly increases striatal dopamine transporter and dopamine type 1 receptor binding in rats. Journal of Neural Transmission: 124 (5), 655-667.
  • Thanos, P.K., Robison, L.S., Nestler, E., Kim, R., Michaelides, M., Lobo, M.K., Volkow, N.D. 2013. Mapping brain metabolic connectivity in awake rats with microPET and optogenetic stimulation. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(15): 6343-9.

This is just a short list, Dr. Lisa Robison has a full list of publications.