Dr. Jaclyn M. Schwarz
University of Delaware
Department of Psychology
108 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-4582
jschwarz@psych.udel.edu

Research in the Schwarz Lab

Our research seeks to understand how your immune system impacts your behavior. If you have ever suffered through a winter cold or flu, you know the feeling of being sick. When you were sick, you probably wished that everyone would leave you alone so you could withdrawal and go to bed. We have all Jaclyn Schwarz, PhDbeen there. This is, in fact, your immune system telling your brain how to behave so that you can get better. Our lab has an interest in understanding how Schwarz Labyour immune system might affect your everyday behaviors, even in the absence of an infection or virus. In particular, we are searching for potential clues into how certain mental health disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, autism or learning disabilities may be precipitated by or linked to dysregulation of the immune system. There is strong evidence this is true and that many of these disorders may have their roots in early brain or immune development. If we can understand the mechanisms by which the brain and the immune system communicate and develop, we may have the potential to alleviate the symptoms of these debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition, our lab has a fundamental interest in the effect of sex on health and disease. Men and women are not equal when it comes to disease and medicine. In fact, many mental health disorders show a striking sex disparity in their prevalence, yet most researchers only study males. The sooner that scientists and medical professionals understand that we have to study both males and females when researching a particular disease, the closer we can get to “individualized” medicine. Thus our lab always examines both males and females in all of our experiments.
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