DegreesBoston University, Ph.D.
Boston University, M.A.
Allegheny College, B.A.
McGill University, B.A.
ExpertiseBehavioral Neuroscience; Neurophysiology of Cocaine Addiction; Foster Mothering and Attachment Issues
ProfileStephanie Wasserman's doctoral work explored the behavioral neuroscience of cocaine addiction and schizophrenia; whereas, her post-doctoral research investigated the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease.
While an Associate Professor at Endicott College, Stephanie became a foster/adoptive mother and decided to teach part-time in order to care for her new family. Foster mothering opened her eyes to the social justice issues involved in providing foster care. Her new cohort did not fit the negative image or schema created by the popular media. To the contrary, she met foster parents who tirelessly administered loving care to other people’s children.
As an appointee to the then Department of Social Services’ Self-Evaluation Team, she conducted a qualitative analysis of foster parent focus group interviews and wrote Preliminary Recommendations for Improving the Foster Care Experience.
Stephanie has given many professional talks and papers on foster mothering.
|PSYC||15a||Biological Bases of Motivation|
|PSYC||172a||Attachment, Separation, Risk and Resilience in Adoption and Foster Care|
Awards and Honors
Student/Scholar Partnership Award by Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center (2010)
Research Sabbatical awarded by Endicott College to conduct in-depth qualitative interviews with foster parents (2002)
Wasserman, Stephanie. "Changing Minds: Neuroscience, Activism, and Addiction." Women's Studies Research Center. Brandeis University. 05/22/2014.
Wasserman, Stephanie. "Best practice foster care from the perspective of twelve admirable foster mothers: A documentary created for a women’s shelter in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua." Mothers and Mothering in a Global Context, sponsored by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI). Barbados. 02/25/2012.
Wasserman, Stephanie. "Neurological Curiosities: Implications for Art, Research, and Activism." Women's Studies Research Center. Brandeis University. 05/29/2012.
Wasserman, Stephanie. "The Mommy Brain." The encyclopedia of motherhood.. 2010.
Wasserman, Stephanie. "Mothering Foster Children." Mothers in all but name: Grandmothers, sisters, aunts, friends, strangers and nannies. Ed. M. Bouvard. Wind Publications: Nicholasville, KY., 2009. 127-137.
Kantak, K.M., Wasserman, S.J., Lawley, S.I., and O’Connor, T.. "Acute and multiple injection effects of magnesium on responding maintained by cocaine, extinction from cocaine, glucose plus saccharine, and food." Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 41. (1992): 415-423.
Kantak, K.M., Lawley, S.I., Wasserman, S.J., and Bourg, J.. "Magnesium maintained self-administration responding in cocaine trained rats.." Psychopharmacology 104. (1991): 527-535.
Wasserman, Stephanie. "Haloperidol-induced temporal licking pattern: An animal model of tardive dyskinesia." Dissertation Abstracts International. DAI, 51, no. 04B, 2106. (1990).
Kantak, K.M., Wasserman, S.J. and Lawley, S.I.,. "Rate altering effects of MgCl2 on cocaine self-administration." NIDA Research Monographs: Problems of Drug Dependence (1989): 339-340.