Deborah A. Slechta, Ph.D.

Deborah A. Slechta, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box EHSC
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-7060
Fax: (585) 256-2591

Research Bio

Dr. Cory-Slechta is the co-director of the Behavioral Sciences Facility Core and director of the Animal Behavior Core which provides consultation and assistance to any investigators seeking to develop or implement a behavioral project aiming advance translational neurobehavioral research and enhance our understanding of human disease. The Behavioral Sciences Facility Core's mission is to advance the field of behavioral science by providing high quality services to scientists performing behavioral studies. Our ability to perform both animal and human behavioral testing allows us to work bi-directionally, applying lessons learned from animal work to human studies and vice versa. For this reason, our facility works on the cutting edge of translational behavioral research.

Dr. Cory-Slechta also directs the K12 WHEEL program at URMC. The Women's Health and the Environment Over the Entire Lifespan program provides career development for promising scientists interested in pursuing a research career in women's environmental health. Environmental exposures can affect males and females differently, often by acting on hormonal systems. These exposures appear to have greatest impact during critical periods across the lifespan (including prenatal, perinatal, childhood, mid-life and late-life).

Awards & Honors (Local)

Honoree, Fourth Annual Women in Science Symposium, Joint Programs of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers University, sponsored by The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Douglass College Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, and the Joint Postdoctoral Program in Exposure Assessment, Piscataway, NJ 2001
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences New Investigator Award 1982 - 1985
National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship 1979 - 1982
Alpha Lambda Delta, honorary sorority 1969

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 51 available »

2014 Mar
Allen JL, Liu X, Weston D, Conrad K, Oberdörster G, Cory-Slechta DA. "Consequences of developmental exposure to concentrated ambient ultrafine particle air pollution combined with the adult paraquat and maneb model of the Parkinson's disease phenotype in male mice." Neurotoxicology.. 2014 Mar; 41:80-8. Epub 2014 Jan 30.
2014 Mar
Weston HI, Sobolewski M, Allen JL, Weston D, Conrad K, Pelkowski S, Watson GE, Zareba G, Cory-Slechta DA. "Sex-dependent and non-monotonic enhancement and unmasking of methylmercury neurotoxicity by prenatal stress." Neurotoxicology.. 2014 Mar; 41:123-40. Epub 2014 Feb 03.
2014 Jan 17
Kobrosly RW, van Wijngaarden E, Seplaki CL, Cory-Slechta DA, Moynihan J. "Depressive symptoms are associated with allostatic load among community-dwelling older adults." Physiology & behavior.. 2014 Jan 17; 123:223-30.
2013 Aug
Nkhoma OW, Duffy ME, Cory-Slechta DA, Davidson PW, McSorley EM, Strain JJ, O'Brien GM. "Early-stage primary school children attending a school in the Malawian School Feeding Program (SFP) have better reversal learning and lean muscle mass growth than those attending a non-SFP school." The Journal of nutrition.. 2013 Aug; 143(8):1324-30. Epub 2013 Jun 26.
2013 Jul
Kobrosly RW, Seplaki CL, Cory-Slechta DA, Moynihan J, van Wijngaarden E. "Multisystem physiological dysfunction is associated with depressive symptoms in a population-based sample of older adults." International journal of geriatric psychiatry.. 2013 Jul; 28(7):718-27. Epub 2012 Sep 07.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Psychology | Univ Minnesota-Minneapolis1977
MA | Psychology | Western Michigan Univ1972
BS | Psychology | Western Michigan Univ1971

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Toxicology and Pharmacology, Department of Radiation Biology and Biophysics, University of Rochester. Advisors: Drs. Bernard Weiss and Victor G. Laties 1982
Junior Staff Fellow, National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, AR 1979