Josh Herrington, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Years in Lab: 2015 - present 

I received my B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, and subsequently earned my M.S. and Ph.D. at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. My graduate thesis demonstrated the modifying effects of elevated progesterone exposure during prenatal development on emotional reactivity, physiology, and social learning in bobwhite quail hatchlings. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the California National Primate Research Institute’s Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit. The project I am working on is a collaboration between investigators at Stanford University (PI: Dr. Karen Parker), UC San Francisco (Dr. Elliott Sherr), and UC Davis (Dr. John Capitanio), to assess the neurobiological underpinnings of naturally occurring social impairments in rhesus monkeys as a model for the core deficits seen in people with autism spectrum disorder. My overarching research interest is to explore how prenatal and neonatal experiences contribute to inter-individual variations in perception, stress responsivity, the neuroendocrine system, and immune function, and how these factors contribute to mental and physiological health across the lifespan. 

Awards and Accomplishments: 

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CNPRC’s Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit at UC Davis