Stephen Sammut, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Franciscan University of Steubenville
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952

Dr. Stephen Sammut received a B.Pharm from Monash University in Victoria, Australia and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Malta in Malta, Europe. His research interests lie in the utilization of behavioral models and combined experimental techniques to investigate the interaction between the endocrine, immune and nervous systems and their role in CNS development, functioning and psychopathology. His scientific career experience has been broad and has included experience in a number of animal models of psychiatric disorders including depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and psychostimulant-induced drug sensitization. Moreover, he has utilized various in vivo and in vitro techniques including electrophysiology, electrochemistry, reverse-microdialysis, individually or in combination with each other, in order to investigate questions related to behavior, cellular activity, neurotransmitter release, and how these are altered in psychiatric diseases in brain regions of interest. He has authored and co-authored several papers in leading scientific journals related to the research he has conducted and also presented his work at various conferences and institutions nationally and internationally. His scientific career has also given him the unique experience of having a leading role not only in the daily running of the laboratory in the capacity of lab manager including the overseeing of the budget and laboratory spending but also in being very actively involved and responsible for the original setting up of laboratories and equipment. Dr. Sammut is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, where he teaches and is also involved in efforts to initiate behavioral research geared at investigating the psychological consequences of abortion through the use of animal models.