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Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience

The goal of this program is to bridge psychology and neuroscience; this entails strong collaborations and translation between the two domains.  The Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (NBN) Program offers multidisciplinary training in cognitive and affective neuroscience, as well as in clinical, experimental, and developmental neuropsychology.

Students in this program work on a broad array of topics in basic and applied neuropsychology, studying clinical populations, healthy human function, and also non-human species. The various research projects aim at understanding both functional and dysfunctional brain-behavior relationships at various levels, and provide in-depth training for careers in basic or applied research.  Descriptions of each faculty member’s research interests and whether they are currently accepting graduate student applications can be found at the links below.

Students may choose from one of two tracks within this program:

Track 1 (Neuropsychology) is a joint NBN-Clinical program, and is designed to provide neuropsychological and neuroscience training to students who have primary interests in Clinical Neuropsychology, and who would also like to be eligible for clinical licensure. The requirements in this track are consistent with the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology, so that students are eligible and well prepared to become ABPP certified in clinical neuropsychology. Students interested in Track 1 are applying to BOTH the NBN and the Clinical Programs, and must indicate the joint program on the application.

Track 2 (Cognitive Neuroscience/Affective Neuroscience) is the NBN core track, which is designed to provide neuropsychological, cognitive or affective neuroscience training to students who have either applied or basic science interests.  Students in this track will often work with clinical populations;  the required curriculum emphasizes the neurological and physiological underpinnings together with the cognitive or affective functions. This track is not for those interested in a license for clinical practice, and does not require admission by the Clinical program.

Program Faculty

Sarah Brosnan
Bruce Crosson
Gwen Frishkoff
Tricia Zawacki King
Robert Latzman
Robin Morris
Erin Tone
Jessica Turner (Program Chair)
David Washburn

Faculty whose primary appointment is in a unit other than Psychology, but who are affiliated with the NBN Program:

Richard Briggs (Physics)
Elliott Albers
Timothy Bartness
Bradley Cooke
Kyle Frantz
Matthew Grober (Biology)
Kim Huhman (Neuroscience)
Anne Murphy (Neuroscience)
Sarah Pallas (Neuroscience)
Marise Parent (Neuroscience)
Aras Petrulis (Neuroscience)
Walt Wilczynski (Neuroscience)

Interdisciplinary Initiatives

Glossary of the Neurosciences at GSU
Brains and Behavior
Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning
GSU/GA Tech Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging
Language Research Center
Regents Center for Learning Disorders