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Karin Gill

Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience Co-Chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee

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BS Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
MS and PhD Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Psychopharmacology, University of Kentucky


Karin Gill joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 and is an associate professor of behavioral neuroscience. 

Her research interests include the investigation of sex hormones and their role in drug abuse and dependence, particularly how sex hormones affect brain mechanisms when exposed to psychostimulants in female Japanese quail. 

Gill received a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.S., and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology: behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology from the University of Kentucky. 


KY Branch of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science


  • BNS 210: Experimental Design in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • BNS 380: Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • BNS 360: Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
  • BNS 350: Advanced Research Topics
  • PSY 110: Introduction to Psychological Science


  • Gill, K.E., McGarrigle, W.J., Neel, A.I., Tonto, D.O., & Greenleaf, K.L. (2022) D2 receptor antagonism enhances cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization in female, but not male Japanese quail. Manuscript accepted with minor revisions to Behavioural Pharmacology.
  • Akins, C.K., Bolin, B.L., & Gill, K.E. (2017). Cocaine pre-exposure enhances sexual conditioning and increases resistance to extinction in male Japanese quail. Learning & Behavior, 45 (3), 313-322.
  • Gill, K.E., Reynolds, A.R., Prendergast, M.A., & Akins, C.K. (2016). Female Japanese quail with high levels of estradiol demonstrate cocaine-induced conditioned place preference. Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology, 24 (3), 185-192.
  • Gill, K.E., Madison, F.N., & Akins, C.K. (2015). Cocaine-induced sensitization correlates with testosterone in male Japanese quail but not with estradiol in female Japanese quail. Hormones & Behavior, 67, 21-27. doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.11.006
  • Gill, K.E., Rice, B.A., & Akins, C.K. (2015). Cocaine induces state-dependent learning of sexual conditioning in male Japanese quail. Physiology & Behavior, 138, 150-153. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.10.020
  • Bolin, B.L., Cornett, H.L., Barnes, A.F., Gill, K.E., & Akins, C.K. (2012). Nicotine induces a conditioned place preference in male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Physiology & Behavior, 107 (3), 364-367. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2012.08.005 

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