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Julie Dumas

Julie Dumas Ph.D.Research Associate Professor
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Julie Dumas, Ph. D. is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at the University of Vermont. She got her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1996. 

Dr. Dumas’ research program examines the neurobiology underlying age-related cognitive dysfunction. We have conducted studies on the interaction of gonadal steroids and neurotransmitter systems and the effects of these interactions on cognition in women after menopause. Specifically, we have examined the interaction of estrogen and the cholinergic system. Current studies are examining the effects of menopause on the dopaminergic system effects on cognition and brain functioning. We also examine the presence of subjective cognitive complaints and the ability of older adults to compensate for age-related cognitive changes. 

Menopause and the Brain Research Program

Functional Brain Imaging Research Program

Recent Publications

  • Dumas, J.A., Kutz, A.M., Naylor, M.R., Johnson, J.V., & Newhouse, P.A. (2010). Increased memory load-related frontal activation after estradiol treatment in postmenopausal women. Hormones and Behavior, 58, 929-935. Download PDF
  • Dumas, J.A., McDonald, B.C., Saykin, A.J., McAllister, T.W., West, J.D., Hynes, M.L., & Newhouse, P.A. (2010). Cholinergic modulation of hippocampal activity during episodic memory encoding in postmenopausal women: A pilot study. Menopause, 17(4), 852-859 Download PDF
  • Newhouse, P.A., Dumas, J.A., Wilkins, H., Coderre, E., Sites, C., Naylor, M.R., Benkelfat, C., & Young, S.N. (2010). Estrogen treatment impairs cognitive performance following psychosocial stress and monoamine depletion in postmenopausal women. Menopause, 17(4), 860-873.
  • Coderre, E., Filippi, C., Newhouse, P., & Dumas, J. (2009). Ichi, Ni, 3, 4: Neural representation of kana, kanji, and Arabic numbers in native Japanese speakers. Brain and Cognition, 70, 289-296. Download PDF
  • Maki, P.M. & Dumas, J.A. (2009). Mechanisms of action of estrogen in the brain: Insights from human neuroimaging and psychopharmacological studies. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 27, 250-259.
  • Dumas, J, Saykin, A., McAllister, T., McDonald, B., Hynes, M., & Newhouse, P. (2008). Nicotinic versus muscarinic blockade alters verbal working memory performance and brain activation patterns in older women. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 272-282. Download PDF
  • Coderre, E., Filippi, C., Newhouse, P., & Dumas, J. (2008). The Stroop effect in kana and kanji scripts in native Japanese speakers: An fMRI study. Brain and Language, 107, 124-132. Download PDF
  • Dumas, J., Hancur-Bucci, C., Naylor, M., Sites, C., & Newhouse, P. (2008). Estrogen interacts with the cholinergic system to affect verbal memory in post-menopausal women: Evidence for the critical period hypothesis. Hormones and Behavior, 53, 159-169. Download PDF
  • Dumas, J. A. & Hartman, M. (2008). Adult age differences in the access and deletion functions of inhibition. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 15: 330-357. Download PDF
  • Newhouse, P, Dumas, J., Hancur-Bucci, C., Naylor, M., Sites, C., Benkelfat, C., & Young, S. (2008). Estrogen administration negatively alters mood following monoaminergic depletion and psycho-social stress in post-menopausal women. Neuropsychopharmacology. 33, 1514-1527.
  • Dumas, J., Hancur-Bucci, C., Naylor, M., Sites, C., & Newhouse, P. (2006). Estrogen treatment effects on anticholinerically-induced cognitive dysfunction in post-menopausal women. Neuropsychopharmaology, 31, 2056-2078. Download PDF
  • Dumas, J., Edgren, C., & Newhouse, P. (2006). Estrogen therapy after menopause: Role in normal cognition and Alzheimer's disease. Aging Health, 2, 955-966
  • Dumas, J., Salerno, J., & Newhouse, P. (2006). The role of estrogen in the development of age-related cognitive impairment and dementia. Psychiatric Times.

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