Academics - Faculty Profiles

Alan P. Jones, PhD
Professor of Psychology/Neuroscience

Alan P. Jones, PhD

    With Pitzer Since: 1986
    Field Group: Psychology/Neuroscience
    Campus Address: Avery 216
    Phone: 909.607.9408

    Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
    M.A., Princeton University
    B.S., University of Massachusetts

Research Interests:

Development of control of appetitive behavior; effects of early nutritional and metabolic factors in development; neural and metabolic factors in the ontogeny of obesity.

Recent Courses:

Environmental Toxicology (FS015)

Selected Publications:

  • "Anti-Anxiety (Anxiolytic) Drugs, "Antidepressants," "Antipsychotic (Neuroleptic) Drugs," and "Hallucinogens," entries in Rudi Volti, ed., Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Society, vol 1. New York: Facts on File, 1999.
  • “Maternal Insulin Manipulations in Rats Organize Body Weight and Noradrenergic Innervation of the Hypothalamus in Gonadally Intact Male Offspring,” Developmental Brain Research, vol.97 (1996). With D. H. Olster and B. States.
  • “Maternal Hormone Manipulations in Rats Cause Obesity and Increase Medial Hypothalamic Norepinephrine Release in Male Offspring,” Developmental Brain Research, vol.88, no.2 (September 1995). With E.N. Pothos, P. Rada, D.H. Olster, and B.G. Hoebel.
  • “Maternal Hormone Manipulations and the Development of Obesity in Rats,” Physiology and Behavior, vol.47, no6 (June 1990). With Michelle Dayries.
  • “Maternal Mediation of the Effects of Malnutrition,” in Edward P. Riley and Charles V. Vorhees, eds., Handbook of Behavioral Teratology. New York: Plenum Press, 1986.
  • “The Effect of Diet on Food Intake and Adiposity in Rats Made Obese by Gestational Undernutrition,” Physiology and Behavior, vol.37, no.3 (1986). With Sue A. Assimon and Mark I. Friedman.
  • “Prenatal Food Restriction and Subsequent Weight Gain in Male Rats Prenatal Food Restriction and Subsequent Weight Gain in Male Rats.” Science (new series), vol.219, no.4588 (March 1983).
  • “Obesity and Adipocyte Abnormalities in Offspring of Rats Undernourished during Pregnancy,” Science (new series), vol.215, no.4539 (March 1982). With Mark I. Friedman.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

  • Principal Investigator, Anonymous Grant to support the Pitzer in Ontario project, 2000.
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation (NSF) equipment grant for Neuroscience Program, 1997.
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation NSF-CCD grant to establish a 6-college Neuroscience Program, 1996.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Luce Foundation grant to fund a Brain, Mind and Behavior: Cross-Cultural Perspectives professorship,1996.