Jessica Connelly

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Address

Gilmer 185


Research in the Connelly lab is focused on the dissection of complex phenotypes and human disease at the level of transcription and epigenetic regulation. Our current projects seek to understand the relationship between DNA methylation of the oxytocin receptor and individual differences in behavior in humans and model systems.

Selected Publications

  • Gonzalez MZ, Puglia MH, Morris JP, Connelly JJ. Oxytocin receptor genotype and low economic privilege reverses ventral striatum-social anxiety association. Social Neuroscience. 2017 Nov 17:1-13.
  • Lancaster K, Morris JP, Connelly JJ. Neuroimaging epigenetics: Challenges and recommendations for best practices. Neuroscience. 2017 Aug 8 pii: S0306-4522(17)30562-6.
  • Lancaster K, Carter CS, Pournajafi-Nazarloo H, Karaoli T, Lillard TS, Jack A, Davis JM, Morris JP*, Connelly JJ*. Plasma oxytocin explains individual differences in neural substrates of social perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2015 Mar 17;9:132.
  • Puglia MH, Lillard TS, Morris JP*, Connelly JJ*. Epigenetic modification of the oxytocin receptor influences the perception of anger and fear in the human brain. PNAS. 2015 Mar 17;112(11):3308-13.