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Deirdre M McCarthy

Deirdre M McCarthy

Research Faculty I
(850) 645-0263
Main Campus

Job Description

Deirdre McCarthy is research faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Center for Brain Repair. Her research interests focus on developmental and behavioral neuroscience.


2001 Bachelor's degree, University of Cork, Ireland. Major: Biochemistry


Voting Member, Animal Care and Use Committee (2015–present)


Outstanding Junior Faculty Investigator Award, FSU College of Medicine (2017). Best Presentation Award, 2017 APSARD Annual Meeting (2017).


Professional Women's Nexus, Society for Neuroscience, American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders

Research Focus

Role of dopamine receptor and BDNF signaling in a prenatal cocaine exposure mouse model. Dopamine dysfunction in mouse models of Dystonia. Impact of nicotine exposure on subsequent generations in mouse models of paternal and maternal nicotine exposure.


Refereed Journal Articles Jones, L., Goode, L., Davila, E., Brown, A., Mc Carthy, D., Sharma, N., Bhide, P., & Armata, I. (2017). Translational effects and coding potential of an upstream open reading frame associated with DOPA Responsive Dystonia. Biochum Biophys Acta, 1863 (6), 1171-1182. doi:10.1016/j.bbadis.2017.03.024 Biederman, J., Fitzgerald, M., Spencer, T., Bhide, P., Mc Carthy, D., Woodworth, K., Saaunders, A., & Farones, S. (2017). Is Paternal Smoking at Conception a Risk for ADHD? A Controlled Study in Youth With and Without ADHD. J Atten Disord, 1, 1-10. doi:10.1177/1087054717690809 Zhu, J., Fan, F., Mc Carthy, D., Zhang, L., Spencer, T., Biederman, J., & Bhide, P. (2017). A prenatal nicotine exposure mouse model of methylphenidate responsive ADHD-associated cognitive phenotypes. Int J Dev Neurosci, 58, 26-34. doi:10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2017.01.014 Mc Carthy, D., Mueller, K., Cannon, N., Huizenga, M., Darnell, S., Bhide, P., & Sadri-Vakili, S. (2017). Prenatal Cocaine Exposure Alters BDNF-TrkB Signaling in the Embryonic and Adult Brain. Dev Neuroscience, 38 (5), 365-374. doi:10.1159/000453609. Mc Carthy, D., Bell, G., Cannion, N., Meuller, K., Huizenga, M., Sadri-Vakili, S., Fadool, D., & Bhide, P. (2016). Reversal Learning Deficits Associated with Increased Frontal Cortical Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Tyrosine Kinase B Signaling in a Prenatal Cocaine Exposure Mouse Model. Dev. Neuroscience, 38 (5), 354-364. doi:10.1159/000453609 Zhang, L., Mc Carthy, D., Sharma, N., & Bhide, P. (2015). Dopamine receptor and Ga(olf) expression in DYT1 dystonia mouse models during postnatal development. PLos One, 10, 1. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123104 Nery, F., da Hora, C., Yaqub, U., Zhang, X., Mc Carthy, D., Bhide, P., Irimia, D., & Breaksfiled, X. (2015). New methods for investigation of neuronal migration in embryonic brain explants. J Neurosci Methods, 239, 80-4. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.09.028. Mc Carthy, D., Kabir, Z., Bhide, P., & Kosofsky, B. (2014). Effects of prenatal exposure to cocaine on brain structure and function. Prog Brain Res, 211, 277-89. Retrieved from 10.1016/B978-0-444-63425-2.00012-X Mc Carthy, D. M., & Bhide, P. G. (2012). Prenatal cocaine exposure decreases parvalbumin immunoreactive neurons and GABA-to-Projection neuron ratio in the medial prefrontal cortex. Developmental Neuroscience, 34, 174-183. Mc Carthy, D. M., Gioioso, V., Zhang, X., Sharma, N., & Bhide, P. G. (2012). Neurogenesis and Neuronal Migration in the Forebrain of the TorsinA Knockout Mouse Embryo. Developmental Neuroscience, 34, 366-378. Reviews: Martin, M., Graham, D., Mc Carthy, D., Bhide, P., & Stanwood, G. (2016). Cocaine-induced neurodevelopmental deficits and underlying mechanisms. Birth Defects Res C Embryo Today, 108, 147-1723. doi:10.1002/bdrc.21132. Kabir, Z., Mc Carthy, D., Bhide, P., & Kosofsky, B. (2015). Cup of Joe: a brain development "no"? Sci Transl Med, 5, 197-201. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006994 Mc Carthy, D. M., Brown, A. N., & Bhide, P. G. (2012). Regulation of BDNF Expression by Cocaine. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 85(4), 437-446.