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Please direct inquiries about the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience to:

Terry L. Davidson
Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Asbury 334
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20016

Bernadette Storey-Laubach

Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience storeyla@american.edu

Royal Gethers

Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Psychology
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20016


Advisory Committee

Terry L. Davidson: Director
Stefano Costanzi
Kathleen Gunthert
Alison Presley
Colin Saldanha
Arthur Shapiro
Catherine Stoodley

See all Members.

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience


The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, established in 2012, creates a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the study of brain function and its manifestation in behavior. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the center strives to support neuroscience research efforts and promote collaborative interactions among neuroscientists as well as scientists from other disciplines. The center also provides core research facilities for neuroscience research faculty and scientists from other disciplines.  

Our Vision 

We envision the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience as an externally-funded and self-sustaining center that integrates psychology, biology, neuroanatomy, and physiology with chemistry, physics and mathematics to advance understanding of the cognitive, emotional, sensory, and regulatory functions that underlie the behavior of both humans and animals. The center will bring together experts from these and other disciplines in a setting where students, faculty, and other research professionals work collaboratively to generate new ideas, methods, and concepts.

Research & Training 

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience supports the training goals of faculty and students in a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs include behavior, cognition, and neuroscience (BCaN), biology, chemistry, and clinical psychology. Faculty and graduate student members of the center from each of these disciplines participate in a wide range of projects aimed at understanding the interrelationships between the brain and behavior. In addition, while not a degree-granting entity, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience sponsors activities such as special courses, symposia, and off-campus training opportunities that enhance the educational experience for students at American University.

Bulletins & Events

Fall Special Lectures in Behavioral Neuroscience Series:

Dr. Alexxai Kravitz, Investigator, NIDDK. September 24th, 4-5pm, MGC 245

Dr. Bruno Averbeck, Investigator, NIMH. October 8th, 4-5pm, MGC 245

Dr. Howard Eichenbaum, Professor, Boston University. October 29th, 4-5pm, MGC 245

Dr. Micheal Frank, Associate Professor, Brown University. November 12/13th, 4-5pm, MGC 247                                                    

Dr. Betsy Murray, Chief, Section on Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, NIMH. December 3rd, 4-5pm, MGC 245



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