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Kristine Coleman Ph.D.

  • (503) 346-5120
    • Research Assistant Professor Oregon National Primate Research Center

Kris Coleman, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Comparative Medicine and Neuroscience at the ONPRC.

Dr. Coleman is interested in why some individuals are more prone to stress related problems than others. She has examined how early experience, biological factors (e.g., temperament), and environmental factors (e.g., social status) interact to modulate vulnerability or resilience to various consequences of stress. Knowing how these factors interact can help identify individuals at risk for the development of stress-related problems.

Dr. Coleman also examines ways to reduce stress and improve psychological well-being for laboratory monkeys. For example, positive reinforcement training (PRT), a type of training in which subjects voluntarily cooperate with veterinary, husbandry and research procedures such as remaining still for blood draws or injections, reduces stress associated with these procedures. The Coleman lab found that PRT also reduces the occurrence of stereotypical behavior in rhesus macaques. However, not every animal benefits from such training, and there is a great deal of variation among individuals with respect to their ability to be trained. Temperament and environmental factors (such as the presence of a conspecific) can affect training success. This information can help us provide care for laboratory primates that is geared towards the individual, as opposed to using a one size fits all approach.

 

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Education

  • Ph.D., Binghamton University 1995

Memberships and associations

  • Adhoc Specialist, AAALAC, International
  • Co-chair, Captive Primate Care Committee, American Society of Primatologists

Publications

Selected publications

  • Coleman K, Novak MA. In press. Environmental enrichment in the 21st century. ILAR J
    Coleman K, Robertson ND, Dissen GA, Neuringer MD, Martin LD, Cuzon Carlson VC, Kroenke
     C, Fair D, Brambrink A. 2017. Isoflurane anesthesia has long-term consequences on motor
     and behavioral development in infant rhesus macaques. Anesthesiology, 126:74-84

  • Coleman K, Lutz CK, Worlein J, Gottlieb D, Peterson E, Lee G, Robertson ND, Rosenberg K,
    Menard MT, Novak MA. 2017. The correlation between alopecia and temperament in  
    rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) at four primate facilities. Am J Primatol. 79:e22504.

Publications

  • "The effects of predictability in daily husbandry routines on captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Applied Animal Behaviour Science January 31 2013
  • "Introduction" Methods in Enzymology March 2006
  • "Detecting vocalizations of individual monkeys in social groups" Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference  2014
  • "Caring for nonhuman primates in biomedical research facilities" American Journal of Primatology March 2011
  • "Relationships between androgens, serotonin gene expression and innervation in male macaques" Neuroscience August 22 2014
  • "The correlation between alopecia and temperament in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) at four primate facilities" American Journal of Primatology  2015
  • "Reply from D.S. Wilson et al." Trends in Ecology and Evolution April 1995
  • "Hair loss and hair-pulling in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science July 2013
  • "Evaluation of the use of coconut to treat chronic diarrhea in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Journal of Medical Primatology  2008
  • "Evaluation of environmental and intrinsic factors that contribute to stereotypic behavior in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Applied Animal Behaviour Science October 1 2015
  • "Heritability of fearful-anxious endophenotypes in infant rhesus macaques" Biological Psychiatry February 15 2003
  • "Chronic consumption of a high-fat diet during pregnancy causes perturbations in the serotonergic system and increased anxiety-like behavior in nonhuman primate offspring" Journal of Neuroscience March 10 2010
  • "Anxious Behavior and Fenfluramine-Induced Prolactin Secretion in Young Rhesus Macaques with Different Alleles of the Serotonin Reuptake Transporter Polymorphism (5HTTLPR)" Behavior Genetics May 2004
  • "Using porches to decrease feces painting in rhesus macaques (macaca mulatta)" Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science November 1 2014
  • "Behavioral Management, Enrichment, and Psychological Well-being of Laboratory Nonhuman Primates"   2012
  • "Behavioral and ecological determinants of home range size in juvenile pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus)" Ethology November 1996
  • "Training rhesus macaques for venipuncture using positive reinforcement techniques" Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science January 2008
  • "Individual differences in temperament and behavioral management practices for nonhuman primates" Applied Animal Behaviour Science April 2012
  • "Detecting vocalizations of individual monkeys in social groups"  November 2 2014
  • "Assessing anxiety in nonhuman primates" ILAR Journal  2014
  • "IACUC Review of nonhuman primate research" ILAR Journal November 2013
  • "Hair loss and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis activity in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)" Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science  2014
  • "Shyness and boldness in humans and other animals" Trends in Ecology and Evolution  1994
  • "Environmental Enrichment for Animals Used in Research"  July 2013
  • "Effects of Aromatase Inhibition and Androgen Activity on Serotonin and Behavior in Male Macaques" Behavioral Neuroscience June 2013
  • "Dry bedding provides cost-effective enrichment for group-housed rhesus macaques (macaca mulatta)" Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science May 2013
  • "Temperament correlates with training success in adult rhesus macaques" American Journal of Primatology January 2005
  • "Shyness and boldness in pumpkinseed sunfish" Animal Behaviour October 1998
  • "Long-term ovariectomy alters social and anxious behaviors in semi-free ranging Japanese macaques" Behavioural Brain Research November 20 2011
  • "Psychological enrichment for animals in captivity"   2008

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