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Stephen Sammut, B. Pharm, Ph.D.

Associate Scholar

Dr. Stephen Sammut received a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Monash University in Victoria, Australia and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Malta in Malta, Europe. His research interests lie in the utilization of behavioral models and combined experimental techniques to investigate the interactions among the endocrine, immune and nervous systems and their role in central nervous system (CNS) development, functioning and psychopathology. His scientific career experience has been broad and has included investigation in a number of animal models of psychiatric disorders including depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and psychostimulant-induced drug sensitization. Moreover, he has utilized various laboratory and whole organism techniques in order to investigate questions related to behavior, cellular activity, neurotransmitter release, and how these are altered in psychiatric diseases in brain regions of interest.

Dr. Sammut has authored and co-authored several papers in leading scientific journals related to the research he has conducted, including his groundbreaking study describing an animal model which addresses the behavioral and physiological impact of drug-induced abortion. He has also presented his work at various conferences and institutions nationally and internationally. His scientific career has given him the unique experience of having a leading role in the establishment and management of laboratories.

Dr. Sammut is currently a Full Professor of Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, where he teaches and is also actively involved in research. His research efforts are focused on three primary areas: 1) research geared at investigating the neurological, biological and behavioral consequences of drug-induced abortion in an animal model, 2) research seeking to establish a pre-clinical model addressing the abortion pill reversal, and 3) research addressing the development of an animal model for embryo transfer in ectopic pregnancy. Additionally, and in line with his research interest in psychopathology, Dr. Sammut also conducts research addressing mental health and related behaviors in the university student population.

Latest Research & News

  • The Effort to Reinterpret EMTALA to Mandate Abortions | November 8, 2022

    This is Issue 91 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: The Effort to Reinterpret EMTALA to Mandate Abortions   In an Executive Order of July 8, 2022, President Biden said his Administration would expand its effort to promote abortion as this “is essential to justice, equality, and our […]

  • ANALYSIS: After 9 Million Heartbeats, NPR Abortion Broadcast Leaves No Doubt About When Unborn Baby’s Life Ends | November 4, 2022

    Abortion Equipment Has 10 to 20 Times the Suction Power of a Household Vacuum   Washington, D.C. – NPR on Thursday broadcast heartbreaking audio of a recent abortion performed in Michigan on a mother who was 11 weeks pregnant.   While the reporter described the setting as “feeling like childbirth,” Dr. Ingrid Skop, an OB/GYN […]

  • Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion | May 16, 2022

    First published: February 2019 Last updated: May 16, 2022   To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion   What is a Late-Term Abortion?   “Late-term” abortion is an imprecise term, but under any “formal” definition offered or as accepted by the public at large late-term […]