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Dominguez, Juan

Juan M Dominguez

Vice Provost, Professor
Undergraduate College, Department of Psychology

C. B. Smith, Sr., Nash Phillips, Clyde Copus Centennial Chair honoring Harry Huntt Ransom (Fellow)


Phone: 512-232-8050

Office Location
SEA 5.252

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Juan Dominguez received his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His postdoctoral fellowship was conducted with dual appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Cell Biology at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following postdoctoral training, Dr. Dominguez joined the research faculty of the neuroscience program at Florida State University. Before joining the UT faculty, he was an assistant professor of psychology at American University in Washington, DC. The goals of his lab are to elucidate the underlying neural and endocrine mechanisms regulating motivated behaviors, specifically, using the study of sexual behavior as a prototypic model for understanding motivation, its acquisition, and associated disorders like addiction and depression.

Research interests encompas the neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors; using mating behavior as a prototypic model to better understand motivation and its associated disorders, especially the neuroendocrinological factors that regulate depression and addiction.

Will, R.G., Martz, J.R., & Dominguez, J.M. (2016). The medial preoptic area modulates cocaine-induced locomotion in male rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 205: 218-222

Tobiansky, D.J., Will, R.G., Lominac, K.D., Turner, J.M., Hattori, T., Krishnan, K., Martz, J.R., Nutsch, V.L., & Dominguez, J.M. (2016). Estradiol in the preoptic area regulates the dopaminergic response to cocaine in the nucleus accumbens. Neuropsychopharmacology, advance online publication.

Will, R.G., Nutsch, V.L., Turner, J.T., Hattori, T., & Dominguez, J.M. (2015). Astrocytes in the medial preoptic area modulate ejaculation latency in an experience-dependent fashion. Behavioral Neuroscience, 129: 68-73. 

Nutsch, V.L., Will, R.G., Hattori, T., Tobiansky, D.J., & Dominguez, J.M. (2014). Sexual experience influences mating-induced activity in nitric oxide synthase-containing neurons in the medial preoptic area. Neuroscience Letters, 579: 92-96.

Will R.G., Hull, E.M., & Dominguez, J.M. (2014). Influences of dopamine and glutamate in the medial preoptic area on male sexual behavior. Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, 121: 115-123.