Skyla Herod, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6619
Fax: (626) 387-5906
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Video Introduction


Before coming to Azusa Pacific, Skyla M. Herod, Ph.D., worked at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, Oregon, where she studied the brain mechanisms underlying the development of stress sensitivity and susceptibility to stress-induced disorders, specifically stress-induced infertility in female monkeys. At APU, she continues her work in the neuroendocrinology of the stress response in genetic mutant mice deficient in normal functioning of the serotonin system (serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in mood, cognition, and stress reactivity). Herod examines the role of early-life stress exposure and availability of various neurotransmitter systems in determining susceptibility to stress-induced disorders in adulthood.


  • Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University
  • B.S., Belmont University

Academic Areas

  • Honors College
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Biology and Chemistry


  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuroendocrinology

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 151 – General Biology I
  • BIOL 251 – Human Physiology
  • BIOL 326 – Neurobiology