Background and Publications

Education

Bachelor of Art, University of South Carolina (Psychology), 1997, with Honors from the South Carolina College

Master of Art, University of Michigan (Psychology), 1999

Ph.D., University of Michigan (Psychology), 2003

Publications

Jenkins, W.J., Northcutt, K.V., & Salvatierra, J. (2013—under review for publication in Physiology and Behavior ). The effects of Salvinorin A on conditioned place preference formation, locomotor behavior, and immediate-early gene expression in midbrain dopaminergic neurons.

McCutcheon, L.E., Lowinger, R., Wong, M., & Jenkins, W. (2013—under review for publication in Archive for Psychology of Religion). Is Analytic Thinking Related to Disbelief in Religion and Celebrities?

McCutcheon, L.E., Lowinger, R., Wong, M., & Jenkins, W. (2013—in press). Celebrity Worship and Religion Revisited. Implicit Religion.

Argurete, M., Goodboy, A., Jenkins, W.J., Mansson, D.H., & McCutcheon, L. (2012). Does Religious Faith Improve Test Performance? North American Journal of Psychology, 14, 185-96.

Jenkins, W.J., Ruppel, S. E., Kizer, J. B., Yehl, J. & Griffin, J. L. (2012). An examination of post 9-11 attitudes towards Arab Americans. North American Journal of Psychology, 14, 77-84.

Jenkins, W.J. (2010). Can anyone tell me why I'm gay? What research suggests regarding the origins of sexual orientation. North American Journal of Psychology, 12, 279-96..

Ruppel, S. E., Jenkins, W.J., Griffin, J. L., & Kizer, J. B. (2010). Are they depressed or just old? A study of attitudes towards the elderly suffering from depression. North American Journal of Psychology, 12, 31-42.

Gass, J. T., Jenkins, W.J., Marino, M. D., Lugo, J. L., Jr., & Kelly, S.J. (2007). Alcohol exposure during development:Analysis of effects on female sexual behavior. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31, 2065-72.

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2003). Dynamic Increases in Dopamine During Paced Copulation in the Female Rat. European Journal of Neuroscience, 18, 1997-2001..

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2003). Female Rats develop Conditioned Place Preference for Sex at their Preferred Interval. Hormones and Behavior, 43, 503-7.

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2001). Role of the Striatum and Nucleus Accumbens in Paced Copulatory Behavior in Female Rats.Behavioural Brain Research, 121(1-2), 119-128.

Becker, J.B., Rudick, C.N., & Jenkins, W.J. (2001). The Role of Dopamine in the Nucleus Accumbens and Striatum during Sexual Behavior in the Female Rat.Journal of Neuroscience, 21, 3236-3241.

Tran, T.D., Cronise, K., Marino, M.D., Jenkins, W.J., & Kelly, S.J. (2000) Critical Periods for the Effects of Alcohol Exposure on Brain Weight, Body Weight, Activity, and Investigation. Behavioral Brain Research, 116(1), 99-110.


Book Chapters


Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2005). Sex. The Behavior of the laboratory rat: A handbook with tests. I. Wishaw and B. Kolb. New York, NY, Oxford University Press.


Presentations

Williams, H., & Jenkins, W.J. (2013). The ability of salvinorin a to produce behavioral sensitization. Presented at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, La Crosse, WI.

Jenkins, W.J., Salvatierra, J., & Northcutt, K.V. (2012). The effects of Salvinorin A on conditioned place preference formation, locomotor behavior, and immediate-early gene expression in midbrain dopaminergic neurons. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. New Orleans, LA.

Gregory, R., & Jenkins, W.J. (2012). Effects of adolescent fluoxetine exposure on female rat sexual behavior. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. New Orleans, LA.

Griffin, J., Jenkins, W., Ruppel, S., & Kizer, J. (2011). Do Nursing Home Residents Correctly Recognize Depression in the Elderly? Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL.

Ruppel, S., Griffin, J., Kizer, J., & Jenkins, B. (2010). Can an older population recognize symptoms of depression in elderly? Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Chattanooga, TN.

Kizer, S., Yehl, J., Kizer, J., Griffin, J., Thomas, A., Jenkins, B., & Ruppel, S. (2009). Indirect prejudice's effect on attitudes toward Arab-Americans post 9-11.Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Yehl, J., Kizer, S., Griffin, J., Kizer, J., Thomas, A., Jenkins, B., & Ruppel, S.(2009). Prejudicial attitudes toward people of different ethnic backgrounds: Post 9-11 study.Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Yehl, J., Jenkins, W., Ruppel, S., Roller, S., Kizer, J., Griffin, J. (2008). Fellow airline passenger profiling: Is the spotlight on Arab-Americans. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Charlotte, NC.

Jenkins, W., Ruppel, S., Roller, S., Yehl, J., Kizer, J., & Griffin, J. (2008). I'm not prejudiced! Post 9-11 attitudes towards Arab-Americans. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Charlotte, NC.

Ruppel, S., Jenkins, W., Griffin, J., & Kizer, J. (2008). Diagnosing depression: Are we still missing it in the elderly? Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Charlotte, NC.

Pierce, H., Travis, J., Grabowski, J., Ruppel, S., Jenkins, W., Griffin, J., & Kizer, J. (2008). Misinterpreting symptoms of depression. Presented at the 2008 Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference, Kennesaw, GA.

Travis, J., Pierce, H., Grabowski, J. , Ruppel, S., Jenkins, W., Griffin, J., & Kizer, J. (2008). Are they depressed or just old? Recognition of depressive symptoms by an elderly population. Presented at the 2008 Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference, Kennesaw, GA. 

Yang, H., Jenkins, W.J., Musatov, S., Hu, M., Kaplitt, M. & Becker, J.B. (2005) ER? Gene Expression in Nucleus Accumbens Influences Paced Mating Behavior in Female Rats. Program No. 561.12. Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, D.C.: Society for Neuroscience.

Wang, C., Kim, J., Yang, H., Jenkins, W.J., Musatov, S., Hu, M., Kaplitt, M.I. & Becker, J.B. (2005) Estrogen Receptor ? Immunoreactivity in Striatum of Female Rats. Program No. 561.14. Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, D.C.: Society for Neuroscience.

Straiko, M.S., Coolen, L.M., Jenkins, W.J., Dominguez, J.M. & Gudelsky, G.A. (2005) Treatment with a Monoamine-Depleting Regimen of MDMA Diminishes the Rewarding Properties of Sex in Male Rats. Society for Neuroscience (Ohio Miami Valley Chapter Neuroscience Day).

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2003). Nucleus Accumbens Dopamine and Sexual Behavior in the Female Rat. Hormones and Behavior (Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Abstracts), 44, 57.

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2002). Dopamine in the Nucleus Accumbens Increases Before and After Sexual Contacts. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 28, Program No. 289.3, 2002.

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2001). Conditioned Place Preference for Sexual Behavior in Female Rats.Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 27, Program No. 191.11, 2001.

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (2001). Sexual Behavior that occurs at the Female's Preferred Interval is Reinforcing.Hormones and Behavior (Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Abstracts), 39(4), 334.

Jenkins, W.J. & Becker, J.B. (1999). Role of the Nucleus Accumbens in Paced Copulatory Behavior in Female Rats.Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 25, 951.

Jenkins, W. J. & Becker, J. B.(1998) Estrogen's Site of Action during Paced Mating Behavior.Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24, 356.

Becker, J. B., Rudick, C.N., Jenkins, W.J. & Hummer, D. L. (1998) Dopamine in Dialysate during Pacing of Sexual Behavior: Stimulus or Response.Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24, 356.