Jason Yee, PhD

Research interest

Dr. Jason Yee’s main interests lie at the intersection of social relationships and biology. This includes work in rats characterizing the impact of social behavior on stress endocrinology, innate immune function, health factors (e.g. tumorigenesis), and lifespan. Endocrine systems that regulate stress and complex social behavior (such as oxytocin and vasopressin), and animal models such as prairie voles that express complex social traits (e.g. social monogamy, biparentalism) have received special emphasis. Recent work has centered around development of minimally invasive neurobiological methods using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for probing the structural and functional correlates of social behaviors, roles and relationships in non-canonical animal models. 


Research expertise

  • Social behavior, roles, and relationships
  • Neuroimaging (fMRI, VBM, DWI, novel approaches)
  • Behavioral neuroendocrinology
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Autonomic physiology of stress


Research outputs

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jason_Yee4 1


Curriculum vitae

2018 - Present

Researcher at the Institute of Animal Welfare Science, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

2012 - 2018

Research Scientist, Center for Translational NeuroImaging, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA and The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

2009 - 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

2002 - 2008

Ph.D. in Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

2000 - 2002

Masters of Arts in Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA


Maitrise in Neuroscience, Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France

1996 - 2000

Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health (minors in Neuroscience and Gerontology), Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA



Selected publications

Yee, J.R. Kenkel, W.M., Kulkarni, P., Moore, K., Perkeybile, A.M., Toddes, S., Amacker, J.A., Carter, C.S., & Ferris, C.F. (2016). BOLD fMRI in awake prairie voles: A platform for translational social and affective neuroscience. NeuroImage, 138: 221-232.

Yee, J.R., Kenkel, W.M., Frijling, J.L., Dodhia, S., Onishi, K.G., Tovar, S., Saber, M.J., Lewis, G.L., Liu, W., Porges, S.W., and Carter, C.S. (2016) Oxytocin promotes functional coupling between paraventricular nucleus and both sympathetic and parasympathetic cardioregulatory nuclei. Hormones and Behavior, Epub ahead of print, PMID: 26836772

Yee, J.R., Kenkel, W., Caccaviello, J., Gamber, K., Simmons, P., Nedelman, M., Kulkarni, P., and Ferris, C.F. (2015) Identifying the integrated neural networks involved in capsaicin-induced pain using fMRI in awake TRPV1 knockout and wild-type rats. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9:15.

Olff, M., Frijling, J.L., Kubzansky, L.D., Bradley, B., Ellenbogen, M.A., Cardoso, C., Bartz, J.A., Yee, J.R., van Zuiden, M. (2013) The role of oxytocin in social bonding, stress regulation and mental health: Contextual and interindividual differences matter. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 38(9): 1883-94.

Yamasue, H., Yee, J.R., Hurlemann, R., Rilling, J.K., Chen, F.S., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., and Tost, H. (2012)  Integrative approaches utilizing oxytocin to enhance prosocial behavior: from animal and human social behavior to autistic social dysfunction. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(41):14109-17.

Yee, J.R. and Prendergast, B.J. (2012) Endotoxin elicits ambivalent social behaviors. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(7): 1101-5.

Yee, J.R., and Prendergast, B.J. (2010) Sex-specific social regulation of inflammatory responses and sickness behaviors.  Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 24(6): 942-951.

Yee, J.R., Cavigelli, S.A., Delgado, B., and McClintock, M.K. (2008) Reciprocal affiliation during a mild group stressor in adolescence predicts lifespan and mammary neoplasia in rats. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70(9): 1050-9.



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