Cheryl L. Sisk

Cheryl L.   Sisk
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Psychology


Cheryl Sisk, professor of neuroscience and psychology, is a leading expert in the field of neural development, specifically the neural, endocrine and behavioral changes that take place during puberty and adolescence, which are critical periods of vulnerability for the development of behavioral pathologies. Sisk, who is a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program and the Department of Psychology, serves as interim dean of the College of Natural Science. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Sisk served as the College’s associate dean for faculty development from January - December 2017.

Sisk received her M.S. in psychology in 1976 and her Ph.D. in psychobiology and neuroscience in 1980 from Florida State University. Before joining MSU in 1985, she spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher, including two years with the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology at Northwestern University and two years with the Institute of Reproductive Biology at the University of Texas. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years.

Sisk’s dedication to the field of neuroscience is evidenced by long-standing memberships in several professional committees, including serving as the president of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (2013-2015) and as a member of the Society for Neuroscience Training Committee (2011-2108). Sisk’s outstanding teaching and mentoring has been recognized with accolades that include the MSU Neuroscience Program Student Council Faculty Recognition Award, Distinguished Faculty Award, Supervisor Recognition Award and Outstanding Woman Faculty Award, in addition to an Outstanding Academic Advisor Award from the College of Natural Science.