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Dr. Christine Tenk

Dr. Christine Tenk

Division of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology,
Office: BR 211
Telephone: (519) 432-8353 ext 28242

Academic Background

  • Honors B.Sc., Biology & Psychology, University of Toronto
  • M.Sc., Neuroscience, University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Western Ontario

Post-doctoral experience:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Sex differences in humans and animals with a focus on drug-seeking behaviour & reward, immune function, and psychopathologies
  • Long-term effects of early developmental stressors on behaviour, physiology, neural structures, and brain development
  • Animal models of human behavioural disorders


  • Drugs and Behaviour, Psychology 2020A
  • Psychological Measurement and Statistics, Psychology 2885
  • Motivation and Emotion, Psychology 3209F/G
  • Special Topics in Psychology: Sex Differences in Brain and Behaviour, Psychology 3990G

Representative Publications

  • Tenk, C.M., Pitchers, K.K., Coolen, L.M. (2008). Behavioral and neural changes following sexual experience in male rats. Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Abstracts, P1.53
  • Tenk, C.M., Kavaliers, M., & Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2008). Sexually dimorphic effects of neonatal immune system activation with lipopolysaccharide on the behavioural response to a homotypic adult immune challenge. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 26: 331-338
  • Hampson, E., Ellis, C.L., & Tenk, C.M. (2008). On the relation between 2D:4D and sex-dimorphic personality traits. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 37:133-144
  • Tenk, C.M., Foley, K.A., Kavaliers, M., & Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2007). Neonatal immune system activation with lipopolysaccharide increases behavioural sensitization to the dopamine agonist, quinpirole, in adult female but not male rats. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21: 935-945

Community Links

  • Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program