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Sara Freeman

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behavioral neuroendocrinology, social neuroscience, comparative neuroanatomy, autism, nonapeptides

Assistant Professor - Biology Department

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 239
DialPhone: 435 797-0670

Educational Background

PhD, Neuroscience, Emory University, 2013
Characterization of oxytocin receptors in the nonhuman primate brain
BS, Biology, (French Language & Literature), University of Virginia, 2006

Teaching Scholar Certificate, USU Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence, 2021
Certificate in Effective College Instruction, Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and the American Council on Education (ACE), 2021


I was born in Atlanta, GA, and I received my BS in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2006. I completed my PhD in Neuroscience 2013 from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. From 2013-2019, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Davis before moving to Utah State to start my faculty position.

Teaching Interests

neuroscience, neurobiology, animal behavior, scientific method, endocrinology, biology, sex & gender, psychobiology, hormones & behavior, evolution

Research Interests

social behavior, autism, attachment, neuroscience, receptor pharmacology, oxytocin, vasopressin, hormones, comparative neuroanatomy, animal models of psychiatric disease, nonhuman primates


Open Access Funding Initiative Award, 2022

USU Libraries

Peak Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2022

USU College of Science

Best Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting, 2021

Society for Social Neuroscience

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2020

USU Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence

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                    Scheduled Teaching

                    BIOL, PSY 6020 - Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Fall 2021

                    BIOL 4750, 6750 - Topics in Biology (Neuroendocrinology: Hormones & Behavior), Fall 2020

                    BIOL 6750, 4750 - Topics in Biology (Behavioral Neurobiology), Fall 2019

                    Graduate Students Mentored

                    Ariel Snowden, Psychology, June 2021
                    Caroline Long, Biology, January 2021
                    Janna Hart, Biology, August 2020
                    Sage Frehner, Biology, January 2020 - December 2021
                    Noa Reuveni, Psychology, July 2020 - May 2021