Christina Reppucci

Christina   Reppucci
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab, directed by Dr. Alexa Veenema, 2015-present

Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Boston College, 2015

M.A. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Boston College, 2010

B.S. in Biology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 2008


My interests lie in delineating the functional neural circuitry underlying motivated behaviors using system neuroscience approaches, and how that circuitry may be differentially recruited in males and females. I am investigating the activation of pathways to the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system and the role of the orexin/hypocretin system during juvenile social play behavior.

Christina is supported by NIMH R01MH102456 and NSF IOS1735934.



Bredewold R, Nascimento NF, Ro GS, Cieslewski SE, Reppucci CJ, Veenema AH (2018) Involvement of dopamine, but not norepinephrine, in the sex-specific regulation of juvenile socially rewarding behavior by vasopressin. Neuropsychopharmacology, May 22 [Epub ahead of print].

Reppucci CJ, Petrovich GD (2018). Neural substrates of fear-induced hypophagia in male and female rats. Brain Struc Funct, 223(6):2925-2947.

Reppucci CJ, Gergely CK, Veenema AH (2018) Activation patterns of vasopressinergic and oxytocinergic brain regions following social play exposure in juvenile male and female rats. J Neuroendocrinol, 30(8):e12582.

Reppucci CJ, Petrovich GD (2016) Organization of connections between the amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, and lateral hypothalamus: a single and double retrograde tracing study in rats. Brain Struc Funct, 221:2937-62.

Reppucci CJ, Kuthyar M, Petrovich GD (2013) Contextual fear cues inhibit eating in food-deprived male and female rats. Appetite, 69:186-95.

Petrovich GD, Hobin MP, Reppucci CJ (2012) Selective Fos induction in hypothalamic orexin/hypocretin, but not melanin-concentrating hormone neurons, by a learned food-cue that stimulates feeding in sated rats. Neurosci, 224:70-80.

Reppucci CJ, Petrovich GD (2012) Learned food-cue stimulates persistent feeding in sated rats. Appetite, 59:437-47.