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Behavioral Neuroscience at AU

Catherine Stoodley and Colin Saldanha.

AU's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, established in 2012, provides a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the study of brain function and its manifestation in behavior.

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.

Related Degrees and Programs

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.

Advisory Committee

  • Terry L. Davidson, Director
  • Linda Amarante
    Graduate Student,
    Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience
  • Stefano Costanzi
  • Kathleen Gunthert
    Clinical Psychology
  • Colin Saldanha
  • Arthur Shapiro
    Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience
  • Catherine Stoodley
    Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience


Congratulations to Art Shapiro on the publication of his new book, "The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions", which is being met with rave reviews!

Congratulations to Dr. Catherine Stoodley and recent graduate of the BCaN program, Dr. Anila D'Mello, who just had a paper published in Nature Neuroscience. Their artwork was selected for the issue cover.

Congratulations to graduate student Sabrina Jones, who has been given a New Investigator Travel Award (NITA) to present her work at this year's SSIB meeting in Montreal, Quebec. Congratulations, Sabrina!

In the news: Professor Terry Davidson spoke with the LA Times about how the Western diet can affect learning and memory.

Congratulations to Terry Davidson! Dr. Davidson has been selected to receive the 2017 American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship.

Dusty Baker and Linda Amarante

BCaN PhD student and Center Advisory Board rep Linda Amarante received the Jockey Everyday Hero Award from Nationals Manager Dusty Baker for work as a mentor with the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Congrats, Linda!


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