Faculty for the PhD Program in Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience

Laurie Bayet Assistant Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Laurie Bayet is a developmental psychologist interested in early visual, cognitive, and social-emotional development, with particular focus on facial emotion perception in infancy and early childh

  bayet@american.edu

  (202) 885-1719

Victoria Connaughton Professor CAS - Biology

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

  vconn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2188

Stefano Costanzi Associate Professor CAS - Chemistry

Dr. Stefano Costanzi is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at American University, in Washington DC, with an educational background in both the chemical sciences and international affairs. Dr. Costan

  costanzi@american.edu

  (202) 885-1722

Terry Davidson Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Distinguished Professor CAS - Neuroscience

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 pos

  terryd@american.edu

  (202) 885-6541

Kathleen Holton Associate Professor CAS - Health Studies

Dr. Kathleen Holton is a nutritional neuroscientist. Her research examines the negative effects of dietary excitotoxins on neurological symptoms, as well as the positive protective effects of certai

  holton@american.edu

  (202) 885-3797

Laura Juliano Professor CAS - Psychology

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

  juliano@american.edu

  (202) 885-1715

David Kearns Professor CAS - Psychology

Research interests: Learning, behavior, addiction. Recent publications: Kim, J. S., Gunawan, T., Tripoli, C. S., Silberberg, A., Kearns, D. N. (2018). The effect of economy type on demand and prefer

  kearns@american.edu

  (202) 885-1711

Mark Laubach Professor CAS - Neuroscience

I am a neurobiologist interested in goal-directed behavior. My laboratory is focused on the roles of the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia in executive control and decision making. Core methods incl

  laubach@american.edu

  (202) 885-2116

Zehra Peynircioglu Professor CAS - Psychology

Zehra Peynircioglu 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 fo

  peynir@american.edu

  (202) 885-1713

Anthony Riley Professor CAS - Neuroscience

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

  alriley@american.edu

  (202) 885-1720

Colin Saldanha Professor CAS - Neuroscience

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 spec

  saldanha@american.edu

  (202) 885-2156

Catherine Stoodley Associate Professor CAS - Neuroscience

Catherine Stoodley is interested in the neuroscience of cognitive development, particularly the role of the human cerebellum in cognition, cognitive development and in neurodevelopmental disorders. Sh

  stoodley@american.edu

  (202) 885-1785

Bei Xiao Assistant Professor CAS - Computer Science

Dr. Bei Xiao's research focuses on how the human visual system estimate physical properties of objects in our surroundings. Another focus of her research is to apply results from human perception and

  bei.xiao@american.edu

  (202) 885-6885

Alexander Zestos Assistant Professor CAS - Chemistry

Dr. Zestos completed his B.S./M.S. in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Mi

  zestos@american.edu

  (202) 885-1730

Associate BCaN Faculty

Anthony Ahrens Professor and Department Chair, Psychology CAS - Psychology

I did my undergraduate work at Northwestern University and received my doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. My continuing interests include gratitude and mindfulness, especially the rela

  ahrens@american.edu

  (202) 885-1714

John Bracht Associate Professor CAS - Biology

Bracht Lab Website Bracht Lab Research Interests: For an organism to survive, the genome, the complete set of DNA in a cell, must be stably maintained and correctly regulated. Given the central impor

  jbracht@american.edu

  (202) 885-2189

Stephen Casey Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

Stephen Casey is a founding member of the Editorial Board for Sampling Theory in Signal and Image Processing (STSIP) and an Associate Editor of The Journal of Signal and Image Processing. He was chair

  scasey.american@american.edu

  (202) 885-3126

Maria Gomez Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Psychology

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 W

  mgomez@american.edu

  (202) 885-2681

Sarah Irvine Belson Interim Vice Provost for Research SOE - School of Education

Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with dis

  sirvine@american.edu

  (202) 885-3714

Monika Konaklieva Associate Professor CAS - Chemistry

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 w

  mkonak@american.edu

  (202) 885-1777

Emily Grossnickle Peterson Assistant Professor SOE - School of Education

Dr. Emily Grossnickle Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Psychology Department and the Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience PhD progr

  epeterso@american.edu

  (202) 885-3098