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Education

Anticipated

Fall 2019

M.Ed. in Special Education
University of Utah, Department of Special Education

Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program Sensory Impairments: Program in Visual Impairments

Endorsements Anticipated: Severe Disabilities & Visual Impairments
2012 Ph.D. in Neuroscience
University of California, Davis
Dissertation Title: Neurobehavioral endophenotype of the CGG KI mouse model of the fragile X premutation
2005 B.A. in Biology
University of Utah

Research Experience

2013 Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Psychology
University of Utah
2012 – 2013 Postdoctoral Scholar
MIND Institute
University of California, Davis Medical Center
2008 – 2012 Graduate Student Researcher
Program in Neuroscience
University of California, Davis
1999 – 2007 Research Associate
Department of Psychology
University of Utah

University Teaching Experience

Winter 2010 Teaching Assistant
University of California, Davis
Cross-listed: Psychology / Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Course: Physiological Psychology Laboratory

Scientific Blogging

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? (Sole Contributor)
PatternSeparation.com (Contributor)

Awards and Grants

2018 – Fall 2019 Special Education Clinical Training Grant (US Dept of Education – OSEP)
Improving the Outcomes of 21st Century Students with Sensory Impairments: Preparing High-Quality​ Teachers through a Multi-University Approach (Multi-University Consortium: University of Utah and Utah State University)
2010 – 2011 T32 Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Award
Sponsored by Clinical and Translational Science Center
2010 – 2011 HHMI Integrating Medicine into Basic Science Program
Sponsored by Clinical and Translational Science Center
2004 – 2005 Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Sponsored by University of Utah Department of Biology

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Special Education Inclusion / Mainstreaming Methods

  1. Hunsaker, M. R. (2018). Development and Implementation of a Mainstreaming Process to Transition Students from Self-Contained Special Education into General Education Placements. European Journal of Special Education Studies. 3(4), 20-71.

    » Link      » SocArXiv

Behavioral Endophenotyping

Mentored student authors in boldface

  1. Hunsaker, M. R., Smith. G. K., Kesner, R. P. (2017). Adaptation of the Arizona Cognitive Task Battery for Use With the Ts65Dn Mouse Model (Mus musculus) of Down Syndrome. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 131(3), 189-206.

    » Link      » BioRxiv

  2. von Leden, R. E., Curley, L. C., Greenberg, G. D., Hunsaker, M. R., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2014). Reduced Activity-Dependent Protein Levels in a Mouse Model of the Fragile X Premutation. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 109, 160-8.

    » Link      » Pubmed Central

  3. Gurkoff, G. G., Gahan, J. D., Ghiasvand, R. T., Hunsaker, M. R., Feng, J. F., Berman, R. F., … Folkerts, M. M. (2013). Moderate lateral fluid percussion injury results in the metric and temporal ordering but not topological working memory tasks. The Journal of Neurotrauma. 30, 292-300.

    » Link

  4. Hunsaker, M. R., Kim, K. M., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2012). CGG Trinucleotide repeat length modulates neural plasticity and spatiotemporal processing in a mouse model of the fragile X premutation. Hippocampus, 22(12), 2260-2275.

    » Link      » Pubmed Central

  5. Borthwell, R. M., Hunsaker, M. R., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2012). Spatiotemporal processing deficits in female CGG KI mice modeling the fragile X premutation. Behavioural Brain Research, 233(1), 29-34.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  6. Diep, A. A., Hunsaker, M. R., Kwock, R., Kim, K. M., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2012). Female CGG knock-in mice modeling the fragile X premutation are impaired on a skilled forelimb reaching task. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 97, 229-234.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central     » Analysis Code

  7. Hunsaker, M. R., von Leden, R. E., Ta, B. T, Goodrich-Hunsaker, N. J., Arque, G., Kim, K. M., … Berman, R. F. (2011). Motor deficits on a ladder rung task in male and female adolescent CGG knock-in mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 222, 117-121.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  8. Hunsaker, M. R., Goodrich-Hunsaker, N. J., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2010). Temporal ordering deficits in female CGG KI mice heterozygous for the fragile X premutation. Behavioural Brain Research, 213(2), 263-268.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  9. Hunsaker, M. R., Wenzel, H. J., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2009). Progressive spatial processing deficits in a mouse model of the fragile X premutation. Behavioral Neuroscience. 123(6), 1315-1324.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

Hippocampus Neuroimaging

  1. Scott, J.A., Goodrich-Hunsaker, N., Kalish, K., Lee, A., Hunsaker, M. R., Schumann, C. M., Carmichael, O. T. & Simon, T. J. (2015). The hippocampi of children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome have localized anterior alterations that predict severity of anxiety. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, 1, 8872147.

    » Link   

  2. Hunsaker, M. R., & Amaral, D. G. (2014). A Semi-Automated Pipeline for the Segmentation of Rhesus Macaque Hippocampus: Validation Across A Wide Age Range PLoS ONE, 9(2), e89456.

    » Link

  3. Hunsaker, M. R., Scott, J. A., Bauman, M. D., Schumann, C. M., & Amaral, D. G. (2014). Postnatal Development of the Hippocampus in the Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta): A Longitudinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Hippocampus, 24(7), 794-807.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

Behavioral Dissociations of Brain Function

  1. Hunsaker, M. R., Chen, V., Tran, G. T., & Kesner, R. P. (2013). The medial and lateral entorhinal cortex both contribute to contextual and item recognition memory: A test of the binding of items and context model. Hippocampus, 23, 380-391

    » Link

  2. Kesner, R. P., Hunsaker, M. R., & Ziegler, W. (2011). The role of the dorsal and ventral hippocampus in olfactory working memory. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 96(2), 361-366.

    » Link

  3. Kesner, R. P., Hunsaker, M. R., & Ziegler, W. (2010). The role of dorsal and ventral CA1 for memory for the temporal order of a sequence of odors. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 93(1), 111-116.

    » Link

  4. Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2009). Transecting the dorsal fornix results in novelty detection but not temporal ordering deficits in rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 201(1), 192-197.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  5. Hunsaker, M. R., Tran, G. T., & Kesner, R. P. (2009). A behavioral analysis of the roles of the subcortical efferents from CA3 and CA1 for encoding and retrieval of classical fear conditioning, Behavioral Neuroscience, 123(3), 624-630.

    » Link

  6. Kesner, R. P., Hunsaker, M. R., & Warthen, M. W. (2008). The CA3 subregion of the hippocampus is critical for episodic memory processing by means of relational encoding in rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 122(6), 1217-1225.

    » Link     » Commentary

  7. Hunsaker, M. R., Rosenberg, J. S., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). The role of the dentate gyrus, CA3a,b, and CA3c for detecting spatial and environmental novelty. Hippocampus, 18(10), 1064-1073.

    » Link

  8. Goodrich-Hunsaker, N. J., Howard, B. P., Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). Human topological task adapted for rats: Spatial information processes of the parietal cortex. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 90, 389-394.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  9. Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). Evaluating the differential roles of the dorsal dentate gyrus, dorsal CA3, and dorsal CA1 during a temporal ordering for spatial locations task. Hippocampus, 18, 955-964.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  10. Hunsaker, M. R., Tran, G. T., & Kesner, R.P. (2008). A double dissociation of subcortical hippocampal efferents for encoding and consolidation/retrieval of spatial information. Hippocampus, 18, 699-709.

    » Link

  11. Hunsaker, M. R., Rosenberg, J. S., Fieldsted, P. M., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). Dissociating the roles of dorsal CA1 and ventral CA1 for processing the temporal order of spatial locations, visual objects, and odors. Behavioral Neuroscience, 122(3), 643-650.

    » Link     » Faculty of 1000 Recommendation

  12. Hunsaker, M. R., Lee, B., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). Evaluating the temporal context of episodic memory: the role of CA3 and CA1. Behavioural Brain Research, 188(2), 310-315.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  13. Goodrich-Hunsaker, N. J., Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). The interactions and dissociations of the dorsal hippocampus subregions: how the dentate gyrus, CA3, and CA1 process spatial information. Behavioral Neuroscience, 122(1), 16-26.

    » Link

  14. Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). Dissociations across the dorsal-ventral axis of CA3 and CA1 for encoding and retrieval of contextual and auditory-cued fear. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 89(1), 61-69.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  15. Hunsaker, M. R., Mooy, G. G., Swift, J. S., & Kesner, R. P. (2007). Dissociating the medial and lateral perforant path projections into dorsal hippocampal subregions for spatial and nonspatial information processing. Behavioral Neuroscience, 121(4), 742-750.

    » Link

  16. Hunsaker, M. R., Allen, K. D., & Kesner, R. P. (2007). The role of CA3 efferents via the fimbria for the acquisition of a delay non-match to place task. Hippocampus, 17(6), 494-502.

    » Link

  17. Hunsaker, M. R., Rogers, J. L., & Kesner, R. P. (2007). Behavioral characterization of dorsal CA3 subcortical efferents: comparison with scopolamine and physostigmine infusions into dorsal CA3. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 88, 127-136.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  18. Hunsaker, M. R., Thorup, J. A., Welch, T., & Kesner, R. P. (2006). The role of CA3 and CA1 in the acquisition of an object-trace-place paired-associate task. Behavioral Neuroscience, 120(6), 1252-1256.

    » Link

  19. Jerman, T. S., Kesner R.P., & Hunsaker, M. R. (2006). Disconnection analysis of CA3 and DG in mediating encoding but not retrieval in a spatial maze learning task. Learning and Memory, 13(4), 458-464.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  20. Rogers, J. L., Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2006). Effects of ventral and dorsal CA1 lesions on trace fear conditioning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 86, 72-81.

    » Link

  21. Goodrich-Hunsaker, N. J., Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2005). Dissociating the role of the parietal cortex and dorsal hippocampus for spatial information processing. Behavioral Neuroscience, 119(5), 1307-1315.

    » Link

  22. Kesner, R. P., Hunsaker, M. R., & Gilbert, P. E. (2005). The role of CA1 in the acquisition of an object-trace-odor paired associate task. Behavioral Neuroscience, 119(3), 781-786.

    » Link     » Commentary     » Faculty of 1000 Recommendation

  23. Lee, I., Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2005). The role of hippocampal subregions in detecting spatial novelty. Behavioral Neuroscience, 119(1), 145-152.

    » Link     » Commentary     » Faculty of 1000 Recommendation

Histological Analysis of Neuropathology

  1. Lechpammer, M., Martinez-Cerdeno, V., Hah, M., Gonzales, H., Tisch, S., … Hagerman, R. J. (2017). FXTAS and clinically defined sporadic inclusion body myositis: Report of two cases. Croatian Medical Journal, 58(4), 310-315.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  2. Pretto, D. I., Hunsaker, M. R., Cunningham, C. L., Greco, C. M., Hagerman, R. J., Noctor, S. C. … Tassone, F. (2013). Intranuclear inclusions in a Fragile X mosaic male. Translational Neurodegeneration, 2, 10.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  3. Schluter, E. W., Hunsaker, M. R., Greco, C.M., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2012). Distribution and frequency of intranuclear inclusions in female CGG KI mice modeling the fragile X premutation. Brain Research, 1472, 124-137

    » Link     » Pubmed Central     » Faculty of 1000 Recommendation

  4. Berman, R. F., Murray, K. D., Arque, G., Hunsaker, M. R., & Wenzel, H. J. (2012). Abnormal dendrite and spine morphology in primary visual cortex in the CGG KI mouse model of the fragile X premutation. Epilepsia, 53(Suppl 1), 149-159.

    » Link

  5. Tassone, F., Greco, C. M., Hunsaker, M. R., Berman, R. F., Seritan, A. L., Gane, L. W., … Hagerman, R. J. (2012). Neuropathological, clinical, and molecular pathology in female fragile X premutation carriers with and without FXTAS. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 11(5), 577-585.

    » Link

  6. Hunsaker, M. R., Greco, C. M., Spath, M. A., Smits, A. P. T., Navarro, C. S., Tassone, F., … Hukema, R. K. (2011). Widespread non-central nervous system organ pathology in fragile X premutation carriers with fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome and CGG knock-in mice. Acta Neuropathologica. 122(4), 467-479.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  7. Hunsaker, M. R., Greco, C. M., Tassone, F., Berman, R. F., Willemsen, R., Hagerman, R. J., … Hagerman, P. J. (2011). Rare intranuclear inclusions in the brains of three older adult males with fragile X syndrome: Implications for the spectrum of fragile X-associated disorders. Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 70(6), 462-469.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  8. Greco, C. M., Navarro, C. S., Hunsaker, M. R., Maezawa, I., Schuler, J. F., Tassone, F., … Hagerman, R. J. (2011) Neuropathologic features in the hippocampus and cerebellum of three older men with fragile X syndrome. Molecular Autism. 2(1), 2.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  9. Wenzel, H. J., Hunsaker, M. R., Greco, C. M., Willemsen, R., & Berman, R. F. (2010). Ubiquitin positive intranuclear inclusions in neuronal and glial cells in a mouse model of the fragile X premutation. Brain Research, 1318, 155-166.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

Theoretical Reviews

  1. Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2018). Unfolding the Cognitive Map: The role of hippocampal and extrahippocampal substrates based on a systems analysis of spatial processing. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 147, 90-119.

    » Link

  2. Hunsaker, M. R. (2013). Neurocognitive endophenotypes in CGG KI and Fmr1 KO mouse models of Fragile X-Associated Disorders: an analysis of the state of the field. F1000Research. 2, 287.

    » Link

  3. Hunsaker, M. R. (2013). Embracing complexity: Using the attribute model to elucidate the role for distributed neural networks underlying spatial memory processes. OA Neurosciences. 1, 2.

    » Link

  4. Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2013). The operation of pattern separation and pattern completion processes associated with different attributes or domains of memory. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 37(1), 36-58.

    » Link

  5. Hunsaker, M. R. (2012). The Importance of considering all attributes of memory in behavioral endophenotyping of mouse models of genetic disease. Behavioral Neuroscience, 126(3), 371-380.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  6. Hunsaker, M. R. (2012). Comprehensive neurocognitive endophenotyping strategies for mouse models of genetic disorders. Progress in Neurobiology, 96, 220-241.

    » Link     » Pubmed Central

  7. Kesner, R. P., & Hunsaker, M. R. (2010). Temporal attributes of episodic memory. Behavioural Brain Research, 215(2), 299-309.

    » Link

Invited Chapters

  1. Hunsaker, M. R. (2016). Applying the attribute model to develop behavioral tasks that phenocopy human clinical phenotypes using mouse disease models: an endophenotyping approach. To appear in. A. A. Chiba, P. A. Jackson, & M. E. Ragozzino (Eds). The Neurobiological Basis of Memory: A System, Attribute, and Process Analysis: A Festschrift in Honor of Raymond P. Kesner.. New York: Springer-Verlag Press.

    » Link

  2. Hunsaker, M. R. (2014). Unpacking Memory Processes: Using the Attribute Model to Design Optimal Memory Tests for Rodent Models. To Appear in A. Meneses (Ed). Neural Markers Accompanying Memory. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

    » Link

  3. Berman, R. F., Schwartzer, J. J., & Hunsaker, M. R. (2014). Mouse Models of Fragile X Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome. To Appear in M. LeDoux (Ed). Movement Disorders: Genetics and Models, Second Edition.. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

    » Link

  4. Hunsaker, M. R., Hukema, R. K., Arque, G., Berman, R. F., & Willemsen, R. (2011). Mouse models of the fragile X premutation and the fragile X associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. In R. B. Denman (Ed). Modeling the Fragile X Syndrome, New York: Springer-Verlag Press.

    » Link

  5. Berman, R. F., Koenig, C. M., Hunsaker, M. R., Pessah, I. N., & LaSalle J. M. (2010). Neurodevelopmental toxicology and autism spectrum disorders. In S. Slikker & C. Wang (Eds). Developmental Neurotoxicology Research: Principles, Models, Techniques, Strategies, and Mechanisms, Vol 1, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

    » Link

  6. Greco, C. M, Hunsaker, M. R., & Berman, R. F. (2010). Pathology of FXTAS. In F. Tassone & E. Berry-Kravis (Eds). The Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome, New York: Springer-Verlag Press.

    » Link

  7. Hunsaker, M. R., & Kesner, R. P. (2008). The attributes of episodic memory processing. In E. Dere, J. P. Huston, A. Easton, and L. Nadel (Eds). Handbook of Behavioral Neuroscience, Vol. 18, Episodic Memory Research , Amsterdam: Elsevier.

    » Link

Shared Figures, Datasets, and Analysis Codes

  1. Profile page on Figshare

    » Link

  2. Profile page on GitHub

    » Link     » Neuroimaging Pipeline     » Hippocampus Tracing Protocol

Mentoring

High School Students

* Student Authors

Jeffrey Chen Pallavi Gunalan
Vicky Chen * Jenna Hall
Carlie Christensen Devin Kennedy, J.D.
Chelsie Conrad Ben Snyder
Rich Doxley Daisha Tolth

University of Utah Students

* Student Authors

Candice Baker, M.S. Bart Lee, M.P.H *
Brandon Bell, R.N. Graham G. Mooy, M.D. *
Kimberly D. Brunisholz, MPH, Ph.D. * Jenna S. Rosenberg, M.D.*
Trevor Buckley, Ph.D Jesse S. Swift, M.D. *
Nate Cornwell, B.S. Ryan Thierolf, B.A.
Cecilia Eguiguren, M.D. Jessica A. Thorup, R.N. *
Paige Fieldsted, B.S. * Giang T. Tran, M.D. *
Isha Gupta, M.D. Trent Welch, D.D.S. *
Jen Hoge, B.A. * Warren Ziegler, D.O. *
Artem Kopelev, M.P.H.

University of California, Davis Students

* Student Authors; Student First Authors

Rachel M. Borthwell, B.S.* Amanda L. Jamal, B.S.
Norma M. Cardona, B.S. Aimee Keyashian, M.D.
Monica Chowdary Natalie N. Nguyen, M.S.
Lindsey C. Curley, B.S.* Alexandra Nicholson, M.D.
Kimberley C. D’Antonio, B.S. Josef Rivera
Amanda A. Diep, R.N.* Erik W. Schluter, M.S.*
Chou-Yu (James) Fan, B.S. Ramona E. von Leden, Ph.D. *
Ali Izadi, Ph.D. *

Professional Activities

Editorial Boards

Asian Journal of Neuroscience Community Editorial Board Member
International Journal of Behavioral Research & Psychology Editorial Board Member
Journal of Autism and Developmental Research Editorial Board Member
Neuroscience Journal Community Editorial Board Member
OA Neurosciences Advisory Board Member
Peerage of Science Reviewing Peer
Science Postprint Editorial board Member
 Brain Sciences (OA Journal) Editorial Board Member

Ad Hoc Reviewer

African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
African Journal of Biotechnology American Journal of Clinical Neurology
Behavioural Brain Research Behavioral Neuroscience
Brain Disorders & Therapy Current Psychopharmacology
European Journal of Medical Genetics European Journal of Pharmacology
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Hippocampus
Human Brain Mapping International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
International Journal of NeuroRehabilitation Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour Journal of Medicinal Plants Research
Journal of Open Research Software Journal of Probiotics and Health
Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience Journal of Psychological Abnormalities
Minerva Chirurgica Neurobiology of Disease
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Neuron
Neuropsychopharmacology Neonatal and Pediatric Medicine
Pediatrics and Therapeutics Physica Medica: European Journal of Medical Physics
Physiology and Behavior PLoS ONE
Research in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology  Trauma and Research International Journal

Current Professional Affiliations

2017-present International Neuropsychological Society
2015-present Utah Autism Council
2015-present Council for Exceptiona Children
2015-present International Behavioral Neurosciece Society
2018-present TASH
2018-present The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS)

Past Professional Affiliations

2004-2012 International Brain Research Organizaton
2004-2012 Society for Neuroscience
2006-2018 Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (SQAB)
* SQAB Affiliated with ABA International so I withdrew my membership
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