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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Alison Berent-Spillson, Ph.D.

Alison Berent-Spillson, Ph.D.

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:
Molecular and Behavioral Neurosciences Institute


  • University of Michigan (PhD, Neuroscience)

Research Interest:

  • Metabolic & hormonal influences on emotion & cognition
  • Mental health impact of hormonal and metabolism disorders
  • PET and functional MRI neuroimaging
  • Women's health & sex differences

Academic Appointment:

  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Berent-Spillson A, Love T, Pop-Busui R, Sowers M, Persad CC, Pennington KP, Eyvazaddeh AD, Padmanabhan V, Zubieta JK, Smith YR. Insulin resistance influences central opioid activity in polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertility & Sterility, 2011, Jun 30;95(8):2494-8
  • • Berent-Spillson A, Persad CC, Love T, Tkaczyk A , Wang H, Reame N, Frey K, Zubieta J-K, Smith YR. Early menopausal hormone use influences brain regions used for visual working memory. Menopause, 2010 17(4):692-699.