Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Photo of Erin Keen-Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Erin Keen-Rhinehart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 570-372-2008
Email: keen-rhinehart@susqu.edu
Office Location: Natural Sciences Center - Rm 210 D
Office Hours: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., MW

Academic Credentials:
PHD, University of Florida
BS, Lehigh University

Keen-Rhinehart is a neuroscientist interested in how nutrition during gestation can have long-term effects on the brain, endocrine system and behavior. She and her students investigate the effects of nutrient restriction during pregnancy on offspring central nervous system regulation of ingestive behavior and reproductive system function in rats and hamsters. They are interested in determining changes in neuropeptides in the brain that are responsible for the phenomenon of low birth weight offspring being predisposed to obesity and infertility. Recent publications include “Physiological mechanisms for food hoarding motivation in animals.” in Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, Biological Sciences in 2010 and “Interactive Methods for Teaching Action Potentials, an Example of Teaching Innovation from Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellows in the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program,” published in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE) in 2009.

She teaches an introductory course in neuroscience, open to students in all majors, including biology, called Brain and Behavior. She also teaches upper-level courses in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology and advanced Neurobiology. She is a member of the Education committee for the American Physiological Society as well as a member of the Committee on Teaching and Learning at Susquehanna University. Keen-Rhinehart is also a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) and the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.


  • BIOL-010 Brain and Behavior
  • BIOL-440 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • BIOL-441 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab
  • BIOL-455 Neurons and Networks
  • BIOL-502 Biology Internship
  • BIOL-510 Student Research I
  • BIOL-511 Student Research II
  • BIOL-560 Reproduction and Behavior
  • HONS-301 Neurons and Networks
  • NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • OFFP-DENMARK Modern Health Care
  • OFFS-DENMARK Modern Health Care
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives

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