Katie Yoest

Katie  Yoest
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab, directed by Dr. Alexa Veenema, Michigan State University, 2018 - present

Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), University of Michigan, 2018

B.S. in Biopsychology, Minor in Chemistry, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, 2013


I am broadly interested in understanding the neural circuitry underlying adaptive behaviors as well as how this circuitry is altered to produce maladaptive consequences. I am currently investigating sex differences in how oxytocin regulates social behaviors in juveniles.

Katie is supported by NSF IOS1735934 (2018-2019) and the Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship (2019-2010).




Yoest KE, Quigley JA, Becker JB. Rapid effects of ovarian hormones in dorsal striatum and nucleus accumbens. Horm Behav 2018, Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Yoest KE, Cummings JA, Becker JB. Estradiol, dopamine and motivation.
Cent Nerv Syst Agents Med Chem 2014, 14:83-9