Department of Psychology
603 E Daniel St
Champaign, IL 61820


Daniel Kougias

Daniel's first project investigated a bioactive nutrient in a rat model of normal healthy aging and its potential in ameliorating the age-related cognitive decline and the associated neural shrinkage. Currently, he is leading a project that examines the long-term behavioral and neuroanatomical effects of perinatal exposure to phthalates, a class of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and a high-fat diet.

Research Areas

Representative Publications

Kougias DG, Cortes LR, Moody L, Rhoads S, Pan YX, Juraska JM (2018). Effects of Perinatal Exposure to Phthalates and a High-Fat Diet on Maternal Behavior and Pup Development and Social Play. Endocrinology.

Kougias, DG, Hankosky, ER, Gulley, JM, Juraska, JM (2016). Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) ameliorates age-related deficits in water maze performance in male and, to a trivial extent, female rats. Physiology & Behavior.

Kougias DG, Nolan SO, Koss WA, Kim T, Hankosky ER, Gulley JM, Juraska JJ (2016). Beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) ameliorates aging effects in the dendritic tree of pyramidal neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex of both male and females rats. Neurobiology of Aging.

Hankosky ER, Sherrill LK, Ruvola LA, Haake RM, Kim T, Hammerslag LR, Kougias DG, Juraska JM, Gulley JM (2016). Effects of beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl butyrate (HMB) on working memory and cognitive flexibility in an animal model of aging. Nutritional Neuroscience.