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Research interest

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


Autonomic physiology of stress

Research outputs

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