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Developmental Neuroethology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Lab Members

Dr. John D. Newman, PhD

John D. Newman, Ph.D.

Dr. Newman earned his B.S. in Vertebrate Zoology from Cornell University and the Ph.D. in Biology and Neurobiology from the University of Rochester. His doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Jerram Brown was on midbrain regions relevant to vocalization in the Redwinged Blackbird. He came to the NIH as a Staff Fellow in 1969 in the Behavioral Biology Branch of NICHD (later to become the Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology). He received the Humboldt Award for U.S. Scientists in 1974 and spent a year at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, working in Detlev Ploog’s laboratory with David Lindsley. His current work is on defining the neural circuitry underlying infant crying and cry responding in non-human primates.

Debbie Bernhards, Research Assistant

Debbie Bernhards, Research Assistant

Deborah Bernhards passed away on July 8, 2009. Debbie was a long-time member of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, and made significant contributions in the areas of vocal communication and vocal development in squirrel monkeys and common marmosets. She was the first to discovery ‘care-giver’ calls in squirrel monkeys, and was co-author on a number of publications on these topics.