Ronnie Halperin, Ph.D.Ronnie Halperin

Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair, School of Natural and Social Sciences

Chair's Office: Nat. Sci. 2065
Tel: (914) 251-6634
Fax: (914) 251-6635
E-mail: ronnie.halperin@purchase.edu

Faculty Office: Nat. Sci. 1027
Tel: (914) 251-6656


  • B.S., City College of New York, 1971
  • Ph.D., City University of New York, 1978

Courses Taught

Physiological Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Psychobiology of Mental Disorders, Behavior Statistics, Introduction to Psychology

Research Interests

Dr. Halperin conducts research at a residential treatment center for boys in which she looks at outcomes as they are related to various approaches to treatment as well as to child characteristics. She also has a scholarly interest in the psychobiology of mental disorders.

Selected Publications and Research

Ellman, S.J., Spielman, A.J., Luck, D., Steiner, S.S. and Halperin, R. (1978). REM deprivation: A review. In A. Arkin, J. Antrobus and S.J.Ellman, (Eds.), The mind in sleep. New Jersey: Leonard Erlbaum Associates, pp. 419-457.

Halperin,.J.M., Ellman, S.J., Stern,Y., Pavlides, C., Halperin, R. and Steiner, S.S. (1981). The effect of hindbrain lesions on a variety of measures of feeding behavior in rats. Physiological Psychology, 171-180.

Halperin, R., and Pfaff, D. (l982). Brain-stimulated reward and control of autonomic function. Are they related? In D. Pfaff (Ed.) The physio- logical mechanisms of motivation. New York: Springer Verlag, pp. 337-375.

Halperin, R., Gatchalian, C.L., Adachi, T.J., Carter, J. and Leibowitz, S.F. (l983). Relationship of adrenergic and electrical brain stimulation induced feeding responses. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav. , l8: 415-422.

Halperin, R., Guerin, J.J. and Davis, K.L. (1983). Chronic administration of three neuroleptics: effects of behavioral sensitivity mediated by two different brain regions in the rat. Life Sci. 33: 585-592.

Halperin, R. (1988). Hypothalamic function. In K.L. Davis, H. Klar and J. T. Coyle (Eds.), Foundations of psychiatry. Philadelphia: Saunders, pp.108-119.

Halperin, R., Guerin, J. Jr. and Davis, K.L. (1989). Regional differences in the induction of behavioral supersensitivity by prolonged treatment with atypical neuroleptics, Psychopharmacology, 98: 386-391.

Amador, X, Sakheim, H., Mukherjee, S., Halperin, R., Schnur, D., Neely, P. and Maclin, E. (1991). Specificity of smooth pursuit eye movement dysfunction in schizophrenia: comparison to mania and effects of stimulus conditions. Biological Psychiatry