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Maxine De Butte, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office: Old Main, Room 426
Email: mdebutte@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2596

Professional Profile

Dr. De Butte joined the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work in 2009. She obtained her B.Sc. degree in Psychology from Trent University in Ontario, Canada in 1997 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Carleton University in Ontario, Canada in 1999 and 2004 respectively.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. De Butte teaches the biological psychology courses in the psychology program including biopsychology and psychopharmacology.

She is one of several professors interested in developing a neuroscience concentration of courses at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. De Butte is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the largest organization of international scientists and physicians devoted to advancing knowledge of the brain and nervous system as well as finding ways to prevent or cure many devastating neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. De Butte has published research on the role of hormones such as estrogen on ischemic brain injury. She is continuing her research using rodent models of global ischemia to develop and improve neuroprotective strategies aimed at reducing brain injury and improving functional recovery.

Personal Sketch

Dr. De Butte has lived in Montreal, Ottawa, and Edmonton in Canada. Prior to accepting a position at West Texas A&M University, she lived in New York City. She is fluent in French and enjoys the theatre, travelling around the world, and reading.

Dr. De Butte currently lives in Amarillo with her two cats Misty and Paris.

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