As an associate professor of biology and chemistry at Azusa Pacific University, Skyla Herod, Ph.D., focuses on an integrative model of teaching, engaging students through group work and hands-on learning in the classroom, and including students in research opportunities in the lab. Through science, she hopes to help students go beyond learning facts to understanding the process of learning, deepening their knowledge of the brain and their bodies, and gaining greater appreciate of God's creation.
Prior to APU, Herod worked at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, Oregon, where she studied the brain mechanisms underlying the development of stress-sensitivity and susceptibility to stress-induced disorders. She received a B.A. from Belmont University and a Ph.D. from Oregon Health and Sciences University. Her current research focuses on understanding the developing fetal brain when a mother suffers from depression or anxiety during pregnancy.
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