Psychology


Melike Schalomon

Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty of Arts and Science
Associate Professor, Psychology

PhD (Alberta), M.Sc. (Alberta), B.Sc. (Laurentian)

7-310S, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5331

Biography

Dr. Schalomon's background is in behavioural neuroscience. Her graduate education focused on animal research in rodents, with an emphasis on neuroanatomy, neurosurgery and neurogenetics. She studied cerebral lateralization and the consequences of damage to the corpus callosum as a result of split brain surgery and congenital agenesis of the callosum. After obtaining her degree, she developed a secondary teaching and research interest in the field of human sexuality with a primary focus on sexual orientation. She has explored the relationship between sexual orientation and sexual behaviour in exceptional populations. Over the past several years, her main research interests have refocused on behavioural neuroscience. She is engaged in a program of research using zebrafish. Zebrafish are rapidly becoming a major model organism for studying the nervous system, as their genetics are well understood and their neurochemistry closely parallels that of the human brain. One focus of Dr. Schalomon’s research with zebrafish is the development of reliable and valid paradigms for assessing zebrafish behaviour. These paradigms are then used to explore how environmental manipulations, for example pharmaceutical agents, affect various behaviours including anxiety and memory.

Dr. Schalomon’s teaching interests reflect her research background. She teaches primarily upper year courses on the biological bases of behaviour and hopes to develop her students’ interests in the study of the nervous system both in classroom and in research settings.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Expertise
Neuroanatomy, neurogenetics, experimental neurosurgery, zebrafish, neural mechanisms of behaviour, learning and memory, anxiety, animal models, animal research methodology, motion tracking, neural basis of homosexuality, cerebral lateralization, animal research ethics, neuropharmacology

Teaching and Research Interests

  • PSYC 275 Brain & Behaviour
  • PSYC 370 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 475 Advanced Neuroanatomy

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Hamilton, T. J., Morrill, A., Lucas, K., Gallup, J., Harris, M., Healey, M., Pitman, T., Schalomon, M., Digweed, S., & Tresguerres, M. (2017). Establishing zebrafish as a model to study the anxiolytic effects of scopolamine. Scientific Reports, 7, 15081. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-15374-w

Rimstad, L., Holcombe, A., Pope, A., Hamilton, T., & Schalomon, M. (2017). Preferences for achromatic horizontal, vertical, and square patterns in zebrafish (Danio rerio). PeerJ, 5, e3748. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3748

Hamilton, T. J., Myggland, A., May, Z., Gallup, J., Powell, R. A., Schalomon, M., & Digweed, S. M. (2016). Episodic-like memory in zebrafish. Animal Cognition, 19, 1071-1079. doi: 10.1007/s10071-016-1014-1

May, Z., Morrill, A., Holcombe, A., Johnston, T., Gallup, J., Fouad, K., Schalomon, M., & Hamilton, T.J. (2016).  Object recognition memory in zebrafish.  Behavioural Brain Research, 296, 199-210.  doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.09.016

Gilmour, L., Schalomon, P. M., & Smith, V. (2012). Sexuality in a community based sample of adults with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 313-318. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2011.06.003

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

MacEwan University, Distinguished Teaching Award (2010)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience

Boards / Committees

Dr. Schalomon serves on multiple faculty and university committees, including:

  • Faculty of Arts and Science, Bachelor of Arts Self-Study Committee
  • Faculty of Arts and Science, Dean’s Advisory Group
  • Faculty of Arts and Science, Executive Committee
  • Faculty of Arts and Science, Sabbatical Leave Committee
  • Faculty of Arts and Science, Research, Teaching and Faculty Development Committee
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • Employee Transaction Advisory Group (ETAG), Steering Committee
  • Human Resources Joint Operating Committee