Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5839
Neuropsychology, Physiological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Animal Research
Courses Taught
Survey of Psychology
Human Perception
Visual Neuroscience
Physiological Psychology
Physiological Lab
Social Neuroscience
Research Interests
My research interests focus on examination of the processing of information in the brain through parallel pathways, and ultimately how that processing impacts behavior and choice. Using both studies that examine the bottom up, data signals that are coded by the sensory receptors and top down, knowledge signals that are based on prior experience, projects in the Neuropsychology Lab address questions related to the interaction between these two systems. My long-term goal is to understand the relationship between data and knowledge to determine how the dependence on one over the other can be altered given changes to both internal (physiological) and external (environmental) cues.

M.A. Experimental Psychology

Ph.D. Neuroscience


Selected Publications

Saszik, S. M., & Smith, C. M. (2018). The impact of stress on social behavior in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behavioural pharmacology, 29(1), 53–59.

Saszik, S., & DeVries, S. H. (2012). A mammalian retinal bipolar cell uses both graded changes in membrane voltage and all-or-nothing Na+ spikes to encode light. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(1), 297–307. 

Bilotta, J., Barnett, J. A., Hancock, L., & Saszik, S. (2004). Ethanol exposure alters zebrafish development: a novel model of fetal alcohol syndrome. Neurotoxicology and teratology, 26(6), 737–743. 

Saszik, S., Alexander, A., Lawrence, T., & Bilotta, J. (2002). APB differentially affects the cone contributions to the zebrafish ERG. Visual neuroscience, 19(4), 521–529. 

Saszik, S. M., Robson, J. G., & Frishman, L. J. (2002). The scotopic threshold response of the dark-adapted electroretinogram of the mouse. The Journal of physiology, 543(Pt 3), 899–916.


Room BBH 307 B
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5839
Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
University Center Lake County