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Please direct inquiries about the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience to:

Terry L. Davidson
Director, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Asbury 334
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20016
202-885-6541
terryd@american.edu

or

Jenny Lopez
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Psychology
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20016
202-885-1717
lopez@american.edu

Members

Terry Davidson

Terry Davidson

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Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Professor

Dr. Davidson earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Michigan State University and earned his Ph.D. with a specialization in Learning and Memory at Purdue University before completing his post-doctoral training in Behavioral Neuroscience at ... [More]

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202-885-6541
CAS - Psychology


Anthony Ahrens

Anthony Ahrens

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Associate Professor

Anthony Ahrens did his undergraduate work at Northwestern University and received his doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. His research interests fall at the interface of social and clinical psychology. His current interests emphasize gr... [More]

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202-885-1714
CAS - Psychology


Naomi Baron

Naomi Baron

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Executive Director, Center for Teaching, Research and Learning

Professor Baron is interested in electronically-mediated communication, writing and technology, and the history of English. A former Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Fellow, she has published seven books. Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile Wo... [More]

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202-885-2455
Center for Teaching, Research and Learning


Fernando Benadon

Fernando Benadon

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Chair, Department of Performing Arts

Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts. His research focuses on rhythm, twentieth-century music, and cognition.Recent honors include a Digital Humanities Grant from the National Endowment... [More]

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202-885-3452
CAS - Performing Arts


William Brent

William Brent

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Assistant Professor and Director, Audio Technology Program

William Brent’s creative work is spread across the areas of experimental music performance, sound art, and sound design. These projects involve various combinations of human- robotic- and computer-realized sound, and are controlled by software writte... [More]

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202-885-1488
CAS - Performing Arts


Gregory Busse

Gregory Busse

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Busse received his Bachelors in Psychology from Tulane University and his Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from American University. He worked for several years for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration leading the team responsible for develop... [More]

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202-885-6305
CAS - Dean's Office


Stephen Casey

Stephen Casey

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Professor

Professor Stephen D. Casey is a founding member of the Editorial Board for Sampling Theory in Signal and Image Processing. His research is in complex and harmonic analysis with applications to signal processing. He has published nearly forty articles... [More]

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202-885-3126
CAS - Math & Statistics


Victoria Connaughton

Victoria Connaughton

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Associate Professor

Dr. Connaughton’s research interests encompass the disciplines of developmental biology (nervous system development) and neurobiology. Specifically, she is interested in examining the relation between visually-guided behaviors in larval teleosts and ... [More]

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202-885-2188


Stefano Costanzi

Stefano Costanzi

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Costanzi’s research interests revolve around the study of the cellular targets of drugs, the identification and pharmacological characterization of molecules that modulate their activity, and the examination of the cellular consequences resulting... [More]

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202-885-1722
CAS - Chemistry


Kathleen De Cicco-Skinner

Kathleen De Cicco-Skinner

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Assistant Professor

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202-885-2193
CAS - Biology


Bryan Fantie

Bryan Fantie

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Associate Professor

RESEARCH INTERESTS:Cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, behavioural neuroscience; neural mechanisms and correlates of behaviour, emotion, cognition, learning, memory; behavioural neurology; neuropsychological testing and diagnosis; function of the... [More]

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202-885-1790
CAS - Psychology


Chip Gerfen

Chip Gerfen

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Professor and Department Chair, World Languages & Cultures

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202-885-2385
CAS-World Lang and Cultures


James Girard

James Girard

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Department Chair, Chemistry

Dr. James Girard teaches analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, as well as chemistry for non-science majors. He is the author of a textbook for environmental and chemistry students, Principles of Environmental Chemistry. He is also the aut... [More]

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202-885-1791
CAS - Chemistry


Maria Gomez

Maria Gomez

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Gomez-Serrano was born and raised in Madrid where she obtained her Veterinarian degree specializing in animal husbandry and genetics. Right after obtaining her degree, Dr. Gomez-Serrano moved to Washington DC and started working at NIH with Dr. S... [More]

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202-885-2681
CAS - Psychology


Mary Gray

Mary Gray

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Professor

A statistician and lawyer, Professor Gray’s areas of research include applications of statistics to human rights, economic equity, legal issues, and education. She is the founder of the Association for Women in Mathematics, a fellow of the American S... [More]

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202-885-3171
CAS - Math & Statistics


James Gray

James Gray

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Professor

Current Research Interests: Eating Disorders, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Religion

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202-885-1716
CAS - Psychology


Kathleen Gunthert

Kathleen Gunthert

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Associate Professor

Dr. Gunthert’s program of research focuses on the influence of everyday stress and coping on depression, anxiety, and psychotherapy outcomes. Specifically, she has used intensive daily monitoring techniques to address how everyday mood regulation var... [More]

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202-885-1701
CAS - Psychology


David Haaga

David Haaga

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Professor and Department Chair, Psychology

Dave Haaga is a Professor of Psychology and has been a faculty member at American University since 1989. Dr. Haaga received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive the... [More]

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202-885-1718
CAS - Psychology


Nathaniel Herr

Nathaniel Herr

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Assistant Professor

Nathaniel Herr is an Assistant Professor of Psychology who joined the department in 2012. Dr. Herr received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and received postdoctoral training and a faculty appointment at ... [More]

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202-885-1724
CAS - Psychology


Sarah Irvine Belson

Sarah Irvine Belson

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Dean, School of Education, Teaching and Health

Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University and currently serves as the Dean of the School of Education, Teaching & Health. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with disabilities and teacher education polic... [More]

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202-885-3714
CAS-Education Teaching Health


Laura Juliano

Laura Juliano

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Associate Professor

Laura M. Juliano earned her PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research addresses cognitive and behavioral mecha... [More]

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202-885-1715
CAS - Psychology


Jeffrey Kaplan

Jeffrey Kaplan

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Director of the Center for Food Studies and Associate Professor

Kaplan’s lab studies bacterial biofilms, which are thin, slimy layers of bacteria that grow on surfaces exposed to a liquid. Biofilms grow on rocks in streams, inside pipes, on teeth, and on implanted medical devices such as mechanical heart valves a... [More]

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202-885-2113
CAS - Biology


David Kearns

David Kearns

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Associate Professor

Research interests:animal models of drug abuse and addiction treatment; the effects of drug cues on behavior; conditioning and learning; extinction; theories of learning; animal models of gambling.Recent publications:Kearns, D. N., Tunstall, B. J., &... [More]

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202-885-1711
CAS - Psychology


Monika Konaklieva

Monika Konaklieva

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Associate Professor

Dr. Konaklieva’s research is in the area of exploring different approaches for delaying of microbial resistance. Current projects include computer-aided design and synthesis of novel beta-lactams as well as development of synthetic methodology for pr... [More]

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202-885-1777
CAS - Chemistry


Stephen MacAvoy

Stephen MacAvoy

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Assistant Professor

Working in biogeochemistry and ecology, Stephen E. MacAvoy has been particularly interested in areas where marine and freshwater systems interface such as those that appear in tidal aquatic environments. He studies how nutrients flow through and are ... [More]

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202-885-3003
CAS - Environmental Science


Lauren McGrath

Lauren McGrath

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Assistant Professor

Dr. McGrath’s research focuses on neuropsychological, genetic, and environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly learning disabilities. Her research crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, integrating perspectives and... [More]

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202-885-2726
CAS-Education Teaching Health


Scott Parker

Scott Parker

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Professor

Born in Brooklyn, Scott Parker began teaching at American University in 1974. He is interested in the quantitative aspects of our experiences and how we make evaluations and choices based on them. Examples include how loud we think sounds are, how va... [More]

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202-885-1719
CAS - Psychology


Zehra Peynircioglu

Zehra Peynircioglu

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Professor

Zehra Peynirciolu received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford. She started graduate studies in cognitive psychology, specializing in memory, at Princeton (and received an MA) and followed her advisor to Rice and received her PhD. th... [More]

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202-885-1713
CAS - Psychology


Anthony Riley

Anthony Riley

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Professor

Dr. Riley received his undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina and obtained his PhD from the University of Washington. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacology at Dalhousie University in Canada. He joined the faculty at Am... [More]

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202-885-1720
CAS - Psychology


Colin Saldanha

Colin Saldanha

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Professor and Department Chair, Biology

Hormones are profound modulators of brain structure and function; with influences that span the lifetime of an organism. The muti-faceted and pluripotent neural effects of steroids require that a specific hormone be delivered to the right target at p... [More]

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202-885-2156
CAS - Biology


Catherine Schaeff

Catherine Schaeff

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Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Schaeff's main research interests are conservation biology, molecular ecology and behavior. She uses molecular DNA techniques in conjunction with behavioral data to investigate gene flow patterns within and between populations (e.g., right whales... [More]

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202-885-2175
CAS - Dean's Office


Richard Sha

Richard Sha

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Professor

Professor Sha teaches courses in Nineteenth-Century Literature, especially British Romanticism, and in Asian American Literature. He also team teaches a course on Literature and Science with Nathan Harshman in physics. He is currently writing a book ... [More]

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202-885-2928
CAS - Literature


Arthur Shapiro

Arthur Shapiro

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Professor

Arthur Shapiro specializes in the areas of visual perception and cognitive neuroscience. He did his undergraduate work in Mathematics (Computer Science) and Psychology (Cognitive Science) at U.C. San Diego. He received his PhD in Psychology from Colu... [More]

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202-885-1759
CAS - Psychology


Alan Silberberg

Alan Silberberg

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Professor

My research interests are animal learning, behavioral economics, primatology and smoking. To see publications, copy the following link and then paste into a web browser: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=u90rFioAAAAJ&hl=en

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202-885-1709
CAS - Psychology


Anastasia Snelling

Anastasia Snelling

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Associate Dean, School of Education, Teaching and Health

Dr. Anastasia Snelling is an associate professor at American University in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health. Dr. Snelling has been teaching undergraduate and graduate health promotion programs for the past two decades with a focus on nut... [More]

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202-885-6278
CAS-Education Teaching Health


Catherine Stoodley

Catherine Stoodley

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Assistant Professor

Catherine Stoodley is interested in the neuroscience of cognitive development, particularly the role of the cerebellum in learning and skill acquisition. She uses neuroimaging and behavioral studies in healthy people and clinical patients to investig... [More]

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202-885-1785
CAS - Psychology


Jon Wisman

Jon Wisman

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Professor

Professor Wisman teaching interests are: History of Economic Thought, Methodology, History, Introductory Macroeconomics. His research spans a broad spectrum of domains from history of economic thought and methodology to labor and other social issues.... [More]

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202-885-3158
CAS - Economics


Bei Xiao

Bei Xiao

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Assistant Professor

Professor Xiao studies human and machine perception of physical properties of objects in dynamic scenes. She did her undergraduate work in physical chemistry at Tsinghua University. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from University of Pennsylvania... [More]

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CAS - Computer Science


Advisory Committee

Terry L. Davidson: Director

Stefano Costanzi: Chemistry

Kathleen Gunthert: Clinical Psychology

Alison Presley: Graduate Student, Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience

Colin Saldanha: Biology

Arthur Shapiro: Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience

Catherine Stoodley: Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience

Departments & Programs

Faculty from the following participate in the center:

Psychology

Biology

Economics

Environmental Science

Chemistry

Performing Arts

Math & Statistics

World Languages and Cultures