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Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience


The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, established in 2012, creates a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the study of brain function and its manifestation in behavior. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, 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.  

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
Stefano Costanzi
Kathleen Gunthert
Arthur Shapiro
Catherine Stoodley
Colin Saldanha

See all Members.


Related Links

BCaN PhD Program

Psychology PhD Program

Biology MS Program

Neuroscience BS Program

Nutritional Neuroscience Lab


Save the date! The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience will be hosting the symposium, Sex Differences: From Neuroscience to the Clinic and Beyond, April 20-21.

Public Discussion:
Gender Differences in Medical Research, April 10.
Members of the media interested in attending the public discussion should contact Rebecca Basu, senior public relations manager, at 202-885-5978 or

Drs. Alan Silverberg and Maria Gomez-Serrano have been awarded an R15 from NIMH for their proposed work, "Experimental Tests of the Adequecy of Rat Models of Human Empathy." Congratulations!

Contact information

Please direct inquiries about the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience to:

Terry L. Davidson
Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Asbury 334
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20016

Bernadette Storey-Laubach

Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Asbury 224
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20016

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