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Stephen LP Lippi, PhD

Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Lippi is currently a postdoctoral researcher working under the supervision of Drs. Tara Wright and Jennifer Potter, in Be Well, Texas, working on clinical trials and investigating substance use and substance use disorders in military populations and LGBTQ+ communities.


  • Learning & memory
  • Lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, stress, sleep) and their impacts on brain health
  • Substance use and ways to combat it in special populations (veterans, LGBTQ+)


Dr. Lippi received his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, VA in 2013. As a part of GMU’s accelerated master’s program in Psychology (concentration in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience), he earned his M.A. the following year in 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Jane Flinn. Dr. Lippi continued his education at GMU where he characterized a novel mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) under the continued mentorship of Dr. Flinn, additionally examining the effects that zinc supplementation has on learning, memory, and brain pathology in this new mouse. While at GMU, he was awarded the Department of Psychology Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (2016). After graduating with his PhD, Dr. Lippi joined the faculty at Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX where he served as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology from 2018 to 2022. There, he received funding to explore the effects of a high-fat diet on a tauopathy mouse model of AD, mentored graduate students as part of the M.S. Experimental Psychology program, and was nominated for a President’s Award for Faculty Excellence (Excellence in Research/Creative Endeavor). He has now returned home to San Antonio as a T32 postdoctoral fellow to gain research experience with clinical trials, human populations, and advanced data analysis under the mentorship of Drs. Tara Karns-Wright and Jennifer Potter. As a T32 postdoctoral trainee, Dr. Lippi aims to not only contribute to Be Well, TX and the numerous clinical trials being done at UTHSCSA, but also investigate substance use and substance use disorders in military populations and LGBTQ+ communities.


Rodriguez, M. N., & Lippi S.L.P. (2022) Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) Exerts Anxiolytic Effects in the rTg4510 Tau Mouse Model. Behavioral Sciences 12, no. 7: 235. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs12070235

Lippi, S. L. P., Neely, C. L. C., & Amaya, A. L. (2021). Trace concentrations, heavy implications: Influences of biometals on major brain pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease. International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocel.2021.106136

Thompson, M., Lippi, S. L. P., & Kreitler, C. M. (2021). The examination of cross-fostering with ICR mice as a model for foster care. Journal of Foster Care, 2(1), 1-19.

Lippi, S. L. P. (2021). Chronic mild unpredictable stress and high-fat diet given during adolescence impact both cognitive and noncognitive behaviors in young adult mice. Brain Sci., 11(2), 260. doi: 10.3390/brainsci11020260

Lippi, S. L. P., Kakalec, P. A., Smith, M. L., & Flinn, J. M. (2020). Wheel-running behavior is negatively impacted by zinc administration in a novel dual transgenic mouse model of AD. Front. Neurosci: 14:854. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00854

Neely, C. L. C., Lippi, S. L. P., Lanzirotti, A., & Flinn, J. M. (2019). Localization of free and bound metal species through X-ray synchrotron fluorescence microscopy in the rodent brain and its relation to behavior. Brain Sci., 9(4), 74. doi: 10.3390/brainsci9040074

Lippi, S. L. P, Craven, K. M., Hernandez, C. M., Grant, G. M., & Flinn, J. M. (2019). Perfusion alters free zinc levels in the rodent brain. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, https://doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2018.12.018

Lippi, S. L. P, Smith, M. L., & Flinn, J. M. (2018). A novel hAPP/htau mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease: Inclusion of APP with tau exacerbates behavioral deficits and zinc administration heightens tangle pathology. Front. Aging Neurosci., doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00382