Kajumba Mayanja

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Mental Health and Community Psychology

Research Interest

The neurophysiology of physical and mental illnesses, with emphasis on the brain circuitry and psychoneurophysiological mechanisms involved in the onset and progression of illnesses. I utilize both in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological, neuropharmacological, and behavioral experiments.


Kajumba, M.M. (‎2015). Pain Modulation by the Amygdala: Hemispheric Lateralization of Pro- and Anti-Nociceptive Properties during the Progression of Inflammatory Pain. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

Kajumba, M. M., Harris, A. L., Strand, J. N., & Peng, Y. B. (2015). Lateralization of Pain-related Neural Oscillations in the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala. Neuroscience 2015 poster.

Harris B. A. L., Li, A-L, Kajumba, M. M., Strand J. N., Fuchs P. N., & Peng, Y. B. (2015). A novel model of spontaneous pain behaviors in rats generated by controllable electrical stimulation of the peripheral nerve. Neuroscience 2015 poster.

Orsak, G., Stevens, A. M., Brufsky, A., Kajumba M., & Dougall, A. L. (2015). The effects of reiki therapy and companionship on quality of life, mood, and symptom distress during chemotherapy. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (20) 20-27.

Kajumba, M. M., Li, A-L, Harris, A. L., Yang, X. J.C., & Peng, Y. B. (2014). Local Field Potentials of the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala (CeA) Induced by Formalin Injection. Neuroscience 2014 poster.

Kajumba, M. M., Li, A-L, Harris, A. L., & Peng, Y. B. (2014). Local Field Potentials Change in the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala (CeA) in Response to Noxious Stimulation. ACES Poster.

Strand, J. N., Zou, X., Li, A-L, Harris, A. L., Kajumba, M. M., Peng, Y. B., Bellinger, L. L. & Kramer, P. (2014). Increase of local field potential in the ventral posterior medial nucleus of the thalamus by activation of chemorhodopsin. Neuroscience 2014 poster.

Li, A-L, Harris, A. L., Kajumba, M. M., Chiao, X. Y. J.-C. & Peng, Y.B. (2014). The Local Field Potential in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex in Response to Peripheral Nerve Stimulation. Neuroscience 2014 poster.

Harris, A. L., Li, A-L, Kajumba, M. M., Yang, X., Chiao, J.-C., & Peng, Y.B. (2014). Increased Local Field Potential Activity in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) in Response to Inflammatory and Mechanical Stimulation in Freely Moving Rats. Neuroscience 2014 poster

Kajumba, M. M., Li, A-L, & Peng, Y. B. (2013). Inhibition of Spinal Cord Dorsal Horn Neuron Activities by Electrical Stimulation of the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala. Neuroscience 2013 poster.

Blaskovicova, G., Kajumba, M. M., Mora, P. A., Stevens, A. M., Brufsky, A. M., & Dougall, A. L. (2012). Reiki therapy during chemotherapy: A pilot study. To be presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Division 38, Orlando, FL.

Kajumba, M. (2012). The Effect of Analgesic Use on Pain, Symptom Distress, and Quality of Life of Lung Cancer Patients: The Need for Biopsychosocial Approaches to Cancer Pain Management. Thesis Equivalency Paper, UT Arlington.

Blaskovicova G., Kajumba, M., Mora, P., Stevens, A., Brufsky, A., & Dougall, A. L. (2012). Reiki: The new chicken soup for chemotherapy patients? Annual Conference on Research Opportunities (pp. 8). UT Arlington Metroplex Day Abstracts.

Johnson, L. R, Kajumba, M. M, Bangirana, P., & Kizito, S. (2009). Contrasting Concepts of Depression in Uganda: Implications for Service Delivery in a Multicultural Context, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79(2), 275-289.