Education: The objective of the doctoral program in Behavior and Brain Sciences is to prepare students for successful careers as scholars in academic or other professional settings. A feature of our program is flexibility that allows students to devise and pursue personalized training programs. While students are expected to master core topic areas, they work with their Advisory Committees to create individualized programs of study. The result is a graduate program that fosters the development of advanced expertise in a specialty area within the context of each student’s particular skills and aspirations.

Core Research Areas: The Behavior and Brain Sciences Program faculty maintain wide-ranging and diverse research programs that are integrated through extensive collaborations that exist within the Program, within the Department and across the University. Areas of research focus are highlighted below with faculty descriptions and a figure illustrating the integrative nature of the program.

Areas of Research Focus

Weekly Colloquia Series

The Behavior and Brain Sciences Program sponsors a weekly speaker series for graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars.


Dr. Jennifer E. McDowell