Professor Donald Leitner is a behavioral neuroscientist with research interests in the areas of sensory processing and psychopharmacology. He received his B. A. in psychology in 1976 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his M. A. in physiological psychology in 1978 and his Ph. D. in physiological psychology in 1981, both from Bryn Mawr College. He was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow with the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry in New York City from 1981 to 1985, at which time he joined the faculty of Saint Joseph's University. He was awarded tenure in 1990, promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1991, and to the rank of Professor in 2000. Professor Leitner has served as chair of the Department of Psychology since 2004.
Professor Leitner has had seventeen manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory processing and psychopharmacology. Current projects in his laboratory include mathematical analyses of auditory temporal resolution in human and non-human species and how drugs that alter brain chemistry affect temporal resolution.
Professor Leitner is a student of the martial arts. He advanced to the rank of first-degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate in November of 2006, after eight years of training.
Leitner, D. S., Hammond, G., Springer, C., Ingham, K., Mekilo, A., Bodison, P., Aranda, M., and Shawaryn, M. (1993). Parameters affecting gap detection in the rat. Perception and Psychophysics, 54 395-405.
Leitner, D. S., Carmody, D. P., and Girten, E. M. (1997). A signal detection theory analysis of gap detection in the rat. Perception and Psychophysics, 59, 774-782.
Leitner, D.S., and Girten, E.M. (1997). Dopamine receptor agonists alter gap prestimulus modulation. Psychopharmacology, 134, 213-220.