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Bryan Fantie Associate Professor Psychology

Ph.D., Psychology, Dalhousie University, MA, Psychology, Dalhousie University, BA (Honours in Psychology), Concordia University, DEC/DCS (Human Science), Dawson College

Favorite Spot on Campus
They keep tearing them down...I hope to find a new spot before they tear me down as well. ________
Book Currently Reading
Boy by Roald Dahl, The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore, & The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
After completing an Honours thesis on motivational systems in the brain guided by Dr. Roy Wise at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Fantie did his graduate work at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. There he studied LTP, kindling, and the electrophysiology of the septohippocampal system with Dr. Graham Goddard and the neuropsychopharmacology of dopamine and reward with Dr. Shinshu Nakajima.

Inspired by a prepublication draft of the first edition of The Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, Dr. Fantie went on to do postdoctoral work with Dr. Bryan Kolb at the University of Lethbridge studying the cognitive sequelae of closed head injury as well as doing basic research with neural tissue transplantation. Dr. Fantie received additional training in clinical neuropsychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital with Dr. Brenda Milner’s group.

Dr. Fantie came to the United States to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington DC and followed this with a position as a Research Neuropsychologist with Dr. Allan Mirsky in the National Institute of Mental Health’s Laboratory of Psychology and Psychopathology, which became the Section on Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. Dr. Fantie also spent a sabbatical year at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and Johns Hopkins University's Department of Pediatric Neurology.

Currently, Dr. Fantie is an Associate Professor of Psychology at American University and is the Leader of the Guerrilla Neuropsychology Research Group. He was the founding Director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Doctoral Program (now called BCaN).

Brain function and disorders; human neuropsychology; neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis; closed head injury (concussion); spatial cognition, time, genetics; epigenetics; schizophrenia, autism, ADD/ADHD.

MAJOR FOCUS: Human Brain, Emotion: Expression, Perception, & Experience, TBI/CHI, Concussion, Consciousness, Neuroethics, Experimental Philosophy, Theory of Mind
See Also
Psychology Department
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Spring 2024

  • PSYC-115 Psychology as Natural Science

  • PSYC-116 Psychology as Natural Sci Lab

  • PSYC-325 Neurobiological Bases of Behav

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Fantie, B.D., (2015). Brain Damage: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol. 2. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 813–820. 

Kolb, B. & Fantie, B. D. (2010). Development of the child’s brain and behavior. In C.R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology (Critical Issues in Neuropsychology) – 3rd Edition [Paperback], New York: Springer, pp. 19-46.

Research Articles

Gould, N.F., Holmes, M.K., Fantie, B.D., Luckenbaugh, D.A., Pine, D.S., Burgess, N., Manji, H.K., Zarate, C.A., Jr., (2008). Performance on a virtual reality spatial memory navigation task in depressed patients.  American Journal of Psychiatry. 164 (3), 516-519.

Kosmidis, M.H., Bozikas, V.P., Giannakou, M., Anezoulakia, D., Fantie, B.D., & Karavatos, A. (2007). Impaired emotion perception in schizophrenia: A differential deficit. Psychiatry Research, 149, 279-284.

Conference Presentations

Schaefer K, Fantie BD, Luckenbaugh DA, Manji, H., Zarate, C. (2008). Face emotion labeling deficits in depression, Biological Psychiatry, 63 (7), 213S-213S (Supplement) / Society of Biological Psychiatry - Sixty-Third Annual Convention and Scientific Program Meeting Abstract: 671 

Fantie, B.D &. Basil, M.E. (2007) Digit ratios, sex, and athleticism: different patterns of cognitive performance. Proceedings of the Association for Psychological Science, 19th Annual Convention, May 24-27, Washington, D.C. , pg. 271-272.

Fantie, B.D &. Basil, M.E. (2006) The mental rotation of whole bodies: Treating people like objects. Proceedings of the Association for Psychological Science, 18th Annual Convention, May 25-28, New York, NY, pg. 290.


AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Brain damage; concussion and neurological disorders; emotion, consciousness, memory, and spatial cognition; behavioral and affective neuroscience, cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, and behavioral genetics

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