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Meet the Faculty

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Michael M. Folkerts

Associate Professor of Psychology

Division: Social Science Division
Office: Appleby Center (APC) 222
Phone: (310) 506-6487
Fax: (310) 506-7271
E-mail: michael.folkerts@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, U.C. Davis
  • M.A., Biological Psychology, Wayne State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Hope College
  • B.S., Biology, Hope College


  • Psychopharmacology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Comparative Animal Behavior
  • Behavioral Genetics
  • Introduction to Psychology

Academic Interests:

  • Biochemistry (Calcium mediated proteins: CaMKII)
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neuroanatomy (Cortex and Hippocampus)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Selected Works:

  • Gurkoff G, Gahan J*, Rahil B*, Ghiasvand T*, Hunsaker R*, Van K, Feng J, Berman R, Lyeth B, Folkerts M (2013). Evaluation of metric, topological and temporal ordering memory tasks after lateral fluid percussion injury. J Neurotrauma. 30:292-300.
  • Erbes S, Folkerts M, Gergis C*, Pederson S*, and Stivers H*(2010). Understanding How Cognitive Psychology Can Inform and Improve Spanish Vocabulary Acquisition in High School Classrooms. Journal of Instructional Psychology, June 2010, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p120-132.
  • Folkerts M.M., Parks E.A.*, Dedman J.R., Kaetzel M.A., Lyeth B. G., and Berman R.F (2007). Phosphorylation of Calcium Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase II following Lateral Fluid Percussion Brain Injury in Rats. J Neurotrauma. 24(4): 638-650.
  • Hallam T.M., Floyd C.L., Folkerts M.M., Lee L.L.*, Gong Q.Z., Lyeth B.G., Muizelaar J.P., and Berman R.F. (2004). Comparison of behavioral deficits and acute neuronal degeneration in rat lateral fluid percussion and weight-drop brain injury models. J Neurotrauma. 21(5):521-539.

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