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PhDPsychology, Behavioral Neuroscience

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The doctoral program in behavioral neuroscience offered by the Department of Psychology is highly individualized, competitive and research-intensive. Students are expected to be self-directed and dedicated to research. Our program emphasizes three principle areas of scientific training: breadth of knowledge, analytical and methodological skills, and scientific communication skills. The program is ranked in the top 15th percentile in the nation by Academics Analytics.

Research is a core component of the program. Each student receives support from faculty and the department to create a unique course of study specific to individual research interests. Prospective students are encouraged to explore faculty specializations before applying to see if areas of concentration align.

Past research experience is highly regarded during the application process. Potential candidates will be invited for an interview on campus with travel expenses compensated by the department. Interviews via Skype are available for students currently overseas. Students may be admitted with a tuition scholarship and a stipend for serving as research or teaching assistants. In many cases, teaching assistantships include health insurance and a tuition scholarship. Student that remain in good standing are eligible for up to 5 years of funding.

Program research themes include:

-Alcohol, drugs of abuse and addictive processes
-Developmental psychobiology
-Learning and memory processes
-Biological rhythms and stress
-Neurochemistry and psychopharmacology
-Neural-coding and computational neuroscience

Degrees Offered
PhD in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience

Apply now! Fall semester 2019
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 15, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States