Faculty: Dr. Christine Tenk


Associate Professor, Psychology, School of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Office: BR 211
Email: ctenk2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28242

Academic Background

  • Honors B.Sc., Biology & Psychology, University of Toronto
  • M.Sc., Neuroscience, Western University
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, Western University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Physiology & Pharmacology, Western University

Concurrent appointments:

  • Adjunct Research Faculty, Department of Psychology, Western University

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Psychology of eating with a focus on the consumption of highly palatable foods & compulsive eating behaviour
  • Appetitive behaviours and responding to natural & artificial rewards
  • Sex differences in brain and behaviour


  • Psychology of Eating, 2054A/B
  • Biological Basis of Behaviour, Psychology 2221A/B
  • Statistics for Psychology 1, 2850A/B & Statistics for Psychology II, 2851A/B
  • Sex Differences in Behavioural Neuroscience, 3215G

Representative Publications

  • Tenk, C.M., Felfeli, T., Adrian, A.S. (2015). Intermittent access to palatable foods: a comparison of sugar, fat and sweet-fat food consumption in adolescent male and female rats. Abstracts of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. 24: 17
  • Tenk, C.M., & Kanno, C.L. (2014). Sex differences in the relationship between facial ratios and personality characteristics in women and men. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Abstracts 8: 10
  • Tenk, C.M., Kavaliers, M., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2013). Neonatal treatment with lipopolysaccharide differentially affects adult anxiety responses in the light-dark test and taste neophobia test in male and female rats. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 31: 171 – 180. ** also selected for publication as Key Research Article in Psychology Progress October 2013
  • Tenk, C.M., Wilson, H., Zhang, Q., Pitchers, K.K. & Coolen, L.M. (2009). Sexual reward in male rats: Effects of sexual experience on conditioned place preferences associated with ejaculation and intromissions. Hormones and Behavior, 55: 93-97

Community Links

  • Co-organizer & facilitator, Bring It Girls
  • Speaker, International Day of the Girl
  • Avid participant in events for the empowerment & equality of women and girls