Patricia Ellen Wainwright

Distinguished Professor Emerita

Contact information

No longer supervising new students


BSc Pharmacy (1964, Rhodes University - South Africa)

MA Psychology (1974, University of Waterloo)

PhD Psychology - Behavioural Neuroscience (1977, University of Waterloo)

Teaching interests

Behavioural neuroscience with an emphasis on pharmacology and teratology, research methodology.

Research interests

Developmental psychobiology with an emphasis on nutrition (essential fatty acids) and drugs (ethanol). 

Major funding sources

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Selected publications

  • Wainwright, P. E. Dietary essential fatty acids and brain function: A developmental perspective on mechanisms. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2002, 61; 61-69.
  • Fraser, M. and Wainwright, P. E. A study of the behavioural effects on prenatal ethanol exposure in mice fed a diet marginally deficient in essential fatty acids for two generations. Nutritional Neuroscience. 2002, 445-459.
  • Girard, T. A., Xing, H-C., Ward, G. R., Nguyen, H. and Wainwright, P. E.Exposure to ethanol and nicotine during the brain growth spurt: Spatial DMP performance in male rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behaviour. 2001, 68; 515-523.

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