Graduate Program of the Department of Psychology
Overview of Behavioral Neuroscience
Richly diverse research opportunities in small labs offering ready access to accomplished professors make the Behavioral Neuroscience area a vibrant learning environment for motivated graduate students.
The program in Behavioral Neuroscience reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the neurosciences. Our research involves a wide range of modern neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and neuropharmacological techniques, often combined with behavioral measures, which is one unique aspect of our program. Our program provides training in the biological foundations of behavior, with a particular focus on sensation, learning and memory, affect, development and neural plasticity. To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty, which are listed at the bottom of this page.
Our six faculty members have authored 200+ articles and publications, made 200+ conference presentations and 100+ invited symposia and colloquia presentations. Individuals have served on the boards of prestigious scientific societies, as well as the editorial boards of leading scientific journals. The Fellows of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) the American Psychological Association and the Association of Psychological Science have bestowed award on faculty members. Funding is robust, and drawn from multiple sources, including: the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Environmental Health & Sciences, Department of Defense, International Brain Research Organization, and the National Alliance on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorder.
Students work closely with faculty advisors who mentor them throughout their graduate career. Faculty mentors instill not just the rigors of research technique, but also a global perspective on why their research is important. Students are encouraged to publish research findings in prominent journals; to present them at national meetings; to develop teaching skills; and to write grant applications. These experiences, and others, prepare our graduate students for successful academic or research careers.