Jessica_MatchynskiAssociate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Neuroscience Program, Central Michigan University
M.S., Neuroscience Program, Central Michigan University
B.S., Psychology, Rochester College

School: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Office: Muirhead 131
Phone: (248) 218.2157
Email: jmatchynski@rc.edu

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

  • Advanced Experimental Psychology
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Cognitive Psychology 
  • Learning and Memory
  • Psychology of Adjustment
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology Seminar

 

HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS:

  • Secretary, Michigan Society for Neuroscience, 2016-2018
  • Faculty Sponsor, Rochester College Chapter of Psi Chi, 2014-Present
  • Early Career Neuroscience Advocacy Fellow, Society for Neuroscience, 2014-2015
  • Member, Faculty for Undergraduates in Neuroscience, 2014-Present
  • Member, International Society for Neuroscience, 2009-Present
  • Member, Michigan Society for Neuroscience, 2009-Present
  • Member, Psi Chi Honor Society, 2004-Present
  • Co-Chair, Mid-Michigan Brain Bee, Central Michigan University, 2010-2012
  • Psychology Student Presentation Grant, Dept. of Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2008, 2009, 2010FA, 2010SP, 2011, 2012
  • Graduate Student Publication and Presentation Grant, College of Graduate Studies, Central Michigan University, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Student Presentation Grant, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Central Michigan University, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Graduate assistantships, Central Michigan University, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Graduate Student Councilor, Michigan Society for Neuroscience, 2008-2010
  • Convention planning committee member, Michigan Society for Neuroscience, 2010
  • Convention webmaster, Michigan Society for Neuroscience, 2010
  • Graduate Research Grant, College of Humanities & Social & Behavioral Sciences, Central Michigan University, 2009
  • Founder, Mid-Michigan Brain Bee, Central Michigan University, 2009
  • Graduate fellowship, Central Michigan University, 2007-2008
  • General Motors Scholar, 2003-2006
  • Academic scholarship, Rochester College, 2003-2006
  • Recognition for Outstanding Leadership, Rochester College, 2006
  • First president of Rochester College Chapter, Psi Chi Honor Society, 2006

 

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Rochester College (2015-Present)
  • Academic Symposium Chair, Rochester College (2015-Present)
  • CEL Psychology Program Liaison, (2015-Present)
  • Invited guest speaker, Central Michigan University, “A Career in Neuroscience: Research Teaching and Advocacy” (2016)
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rochester College (2012-2015)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Wayne State University (2013-2015): Researching mechanisms involved in posttraumatic stress disorder as it relates to alcoholism in a rodent model.
  • Collaborating Research Scientist, Department of Neurosurgery, Henry Ford Hospital: Study the effects of radiation on memory consolidation and neurogenesis; design and implement rodent behavioral testing protocols (2012-2013)
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Rochester College (2011-2012)
  • Graduate Student, Neuroscience Program, Central Michigan University: Investigate optimal implantation location of mesenchymal stem cells in a transgenic model of Alzheimer’s disease; assess the effects of antioxidants and essential fatty acids in a cholinergic-lesion model of Alzheimer’s disease; conduct a meta-analyses of the spatial memory deficits of 6 transgenic mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease; mentor undergraduates in research design, implementation, and presentation; assist with behavioral testing, treatment, surgeries, perfusions, and analysis in studies of Huntington’s disease (2007-2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, Directed Research, Central Michigan University (2007-2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, Behavioral Neuroscience, Central Michigan University (2007-2009)

 

PERSONAL:

Jessica and her husband Russell Franks enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, and playing music. Jessica loves to spend time with her many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She also enjoys painting, writing children stories, side scroller video games, and trick skiing. Her research specialties primarily revolve around posttraumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. She also dedicates a large portion of her time to neuroscience outreach and advocacy programs.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS/PERFORMANCES:

Publications:

  • Matchynski-Franks, J.J., Susick, L. L., Schneider, B.L., Perrine, S. A., & Conti, A. C. (2016). Impaired ethanol-induced sensitization and decreased cannabinoid receptor-1 in a model of posttraumatic stress disorder. PLOSone, 11(5), e0155759. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4871361/
  • Matchynski-Franks, J.J., Rossignol, J.A., Pappas, C.A., Reink, T. A., Fink, K., Crane, A., Lowarance, S.A., Twite, A., Cheng, S, & Dunbar, G. L. (2016). Cell Transplantation, 4, 687-703. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26850119
  • Lowing, J.L., Susick, L.L., Matchynski, J.J., Schneider, B.L., & Conti, A. C. (2014). Mild experimental TBI increases ethanol consumption in the delayed post-TBI period. Journal of Neurotrauma, 31(12), A45-A46.
  • Lowrance, S.A., Fink, K.D., Crane, A., Matyas, J., Dey, N.D., Matchynski, J.J., Thibo, T., Reinke, T., Kippe, J., Hoffman, C., Sandstrom, M., Rossignol, & Dunbar, G.L. Bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells attenuate cognitive deficits in an endothelin-1 rat model of stroke. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 33(4), 579-588. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23902985
  • Matchynski, J.J., Lowrance, S.A., Pappas, C., Rossignol, J., Puckett, N., Sandstrom, M., & Dunbar, G.L.. (2013). A combinatorial treatment of tart cherry extract and essential fatty acids reduces cognitive impairments and inflammation in the mu-p75 saporin-induced mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Medicinal Foods16(4), 288-295. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23566055
  • Rossignol, J.R., Fink, K., Davis, K.D., Clerc, S.C., Crane, A., Matchynski, J.J., Lowrance, S.L., Bombard, M., DeKorver, N., Lescaudron, L. & Dunbar, G.L.. (2013). Transplants of adult mesenchymal and neural stem cells provide neuroprotection and behavioral sparing in a transgenic rat model of Huntington’s disease. Stem Cells, 32(2), 500-509. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23939879
  • Lowrance, S.A., Matchynski, J.J., Rossignol, J., DeKorver, N., Sandstrom, M., and Dunbar, G.L. (2013). CXB-909 attenuates cognitive deficits in the mu-p-75 mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Neuroscience & Medicine, 3(1), 65-68. http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=17754
  • Bombard, M.C., Dey, N.D., Roland, B.P., Lu, M., Matchynski, J., Lowrance, S., Rossignol, J., Sandstrom, M.I., Lescaurdron, L., & Dunbar, G.L. (2008). Intrastriatal transplantation of bone marrow stem cells that are genetically engineered to over express brain-derived neurotrophic factor reduces behavioral deficits in the yeast artificial chromosome mouse model of Huntington’s disease. Cell Transplantation, Abstract. 17(4); 462.

Selected from over 50 presentations: 

  • J. Matchynski, L.L. Susick, R.J. Kohler, B.L. Schneider, S.A. Perrine, & A.C. Conti. Decreased ethanol-induced behavioral sensitization following traumatic stress exposure in a mouse model of posttraumatic stress disorder. Poster 37THAnnual RSA Scientific Meeting, BELLEVUE, WA, U.S.A. June 2014.
  • L.L. Susick, J.L. Lowing, K.E. Bosse, J.J. Matchynski, B.L. Schneider, & A.C. Conti. Voluntary ethanol consumption in wild type and adenylyl cyclase 1 and 8 knockout mice. Poster 37THAnnual RSA Scientific Meeting, BELLEVUE, WA, U.S.A. June 2014.
  • J.J. Matchynski, S. Brown, J.J. Matyas, H. Hagerman, G.L. Dunbar, & K. A. Jenrow. Pronounced memory deficits as early as 28 days post 12 gray whole brain irradition. Poster. 44thSociety for Neuroscience Meeting. SAN DIEGO, CA, U.S.A. 2013.
  • J. Reinke, S. Lowrance, J.J. Matchynski, J.J. Matyas, T.J. Thibo, C.C. Hoffman, K.L. Yelick, T.C.Hall, T.D. Hulse, A.M. Laberdee, D.T. Story, D.J. Dues, J. Rossignol, & G.L. Dunbar. The short term effects of CXB 909 in the female 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Poster. 43rdMichigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Meeting, DETROIT, MI, U.S.A. 2013.
  • T.C. Hall, T.J. Reinke, J.J. Matchynski, S. Lowrance, A. Laberdee, D.J. Dues, J. Rossignol, & G.L. Dunbar.  The long-term effects of CXB-909 treatment on cognition and neuropathology in the 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Poster. 43rdMichigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Meeting, DETROIT, MI, U.S.A. 2013.
  • J. Matchynski, J. Rossignol, K. Fink, A. Crane, A. Twite, C.A. Pappas, C. Song, S.A. Lowrance, J.J. Matyas, & G.L. Dunbar. Mesenchymal stem cells as treatment for Alzheimer’s disease in the 5xFAD mouse model. Nanosymposium, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, WASHINGTON D.C., U.S.A., November, 2011
  • Pappas, J.J. Matchynski, N. Bruns, J. Rossignol, S.A. Lowrance, & G. Dunbar. Early behavior of the 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience 42st Annual meeting, LANSING, MI, U.S.A May 2011. (Poster Award)
  • A. Lowrance, J.J. Matchynski, J. Rossignol, N. DeKorver, K. Fink, P. Salibi, & G. L. Dunbar (2010). Krx-0501 reduces cognitive deficits in a saporin mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. 40th Society for Neuroscience Meeting, SAN DIEGO, CA, U.S.A. 2010.
  • J. Matchynski, S.A. Lowrance, J. Rossignol, N. DeKorver, N.D. Puckett, C. Pappas, K. Trainor, J. Radwan, N.Dey, & G. L. Dunbar. A Combination of antioxidants and essential fatty acids as treatment in the mu-75 saporin-injected mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience 41st Annual meeting, Central Michigan University, MOUNT PLEASANT, MI, U.S.A. May 2010.
  • J. Matchynski, S. Lowrance, J. Rossignol, N. Puckett, N. DeKorver, J. Radwan, K. Trainor, M. Sandstrom, & G. Dunbar. Intracerebroventricular injections of mu-P75 saporin can produce memory deficits without impairing motor function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. 39th Society for Neuroscience Meeting, CHICAGO, U.S.A. 2009. (1st runner-up poster award)
  • J. Matchynski, K. Davis, & S. Clerc. First mid-Michigan Brain Bee contest and annual Brain Awareness Week at Central Michigan University. 39th Society for Neuroscience Meeting, CHICAGO, U.S.A. 2009.
  • Rossignol, C. Boyer, J.J. Matchynski, S.A Lowrance, M. Lu, K. Raber, S. Von Hörsten, G.L. Dunbar, & L. Lescaudron. Adult neural stem cell and mesenchymal stem cell transplantations as therapy for transgenic rat model of Huntington’s disease. 9th French Society for Neuroscience Meeting, BORDEAUX FRANCE. 2009.
  • C. Bombard, N.D. Dey, S. Lowrance, J. Matchynski, B. P. Roland, M. Lu, J. Rossignol, M. I. Sandstrom, L. Lescaudron, & G. L. Dunbar. Use of a dietary supplement consisting of anti-oxidants and omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 to reduce behavioral deficits in the R6/2 transgenic mouse model of Huntington’s disease. 38th Society for Neuroscience Meeting, WASHINGTON D.C., U.S.A. 2008.