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Graduate School–Newark
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American Studies 050
Behavioral and Neural Sciences 112
Graduate Courses
Biology 120
Business and Science 137
Chemistry 160
Creative Writing 200
Criminal Justice 202
Economics 220
English 350 (Includes American Literature 352)
Environmental Science 375
Environmental Geology 380
Global Affairs 478
History 510
Jazz History and Research 561
Liberal Studies 606
Management 620
Mathematical Sciences 645
Nursing 705
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Physics, Applied 755
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Public Administration 834
Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
Urban Systems 977 (Joint Ph.D. with NJIT)
Women's and Gender Studies 988
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Graduate School–Newark 2015–2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Behavioral and Neural Sciences 112  

Behavioral and Neural Sciences 112

Degree Program Offered: Doctor of Philosophy

Director of Graduate Program: Joan Morrell, 305 Aidekman Research Center (973-353-3621)


Members of the Graduate Faculty


Elizabeth D. Abercrombie, CMBN; Ph.D., Princeton
Neurochemistry; plasticity in central monoaminergic systems; mechanism of action of psychotherapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse

April A. Benasich, CMBN; Ph.D., New York
Developmental neuropsychology; language development and disorders, including familial genetic contributions to developmental trajectories; perceptual-cognitive abilities (habituation, recognition memory, auditory temporal processing) and language development in infants at risk for developmental delays; public policy focus on early intervention programs

Wilma Friedman, Biology; Ph.D., Rockefeller
Neurotrophic factors in development and disease

Mark A. Gluck, CMBN; Ph.D., Stanford
Theories of human learning and memory; the neurobiology of learning and memory; computational neuroscience; adaptive neural networks and their applications; animal learning theory

Stephen J. Hanson, Psychology; Ph.D., Arizona State
Cognitive sciences; connectionist models; concepts and categorization

Barry R. Komisaruk, Psychology; Ph.D., Rutgers
Neurophysiological study of pain and neuropharmacological suppression mechanisms; reproductive behavior in mammals

Bart Krekelberg, CMBN; Ph.D., London
Neurophysiology; functional imaging; psychophysics; computational neuroscience; eye movements and perception; adaptation; motion perception

Joan I. Morrell, CMBN; Ph.D., Rochester
Neuroanatomy and neuroendocrinology, especially in relation to central nervous mechanisms regulating reproductive behavior in mammals

Farzam Nadim, Biology/NJIT; Ph.D., Boston
Neurophysiology and computational neuroscience

Denis Paré, CMBN; Ph.D., Quebec
Neurophysiology of emotions and memory

James M. Tepper, CMBN; Ph.D., Colorado
Anatomy and physiology of basal ganglia and dopaminergic systems

Laszlo Zaborszky, CMBN; M.D., Ph.D., Semmelweis (Hungary)
Basal forebrain anatomy with special reference to transmitter interactions and pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disorders

Associate Professors:

Mauricio Delgado, Psychology; Ph.D., Pittsburgh
Neural mechanisms of reward learning and decision making; social and affective neuroscience

Eric Fortune, Biology/NJIT; Ph.D., Chicago
Sensory-motor integration

Jorge Golowasch, Biology/NJIT; Ph.D., Brandeis
Race of ionic currents in neuronal plasticity and homeostasis

Haesun Kim, Biology; Ph.D., Cincinnati
Cellular and molecular biology of myelinating glial cells

Patrick Shafto, Mathematics and Computer Science, Ph.D. Northeastern
Human learning: social cognitive development, inductive reasoning, pedagogical reasoning, epistemic trust, category/concept learning, Bayesian methods, theory learning/change. Machine learning: social learning, pedagogical reasoning, multiview clustering, predictive databases, Bayesian nonparametrics

Elizabeth Tricomi, Psychology; Ph.D., Pittsburgh
Influences of affective information on cognitive processing

Assistant Professors:

Travis E. Baker, CMBN, Ph.D., Victoria (Canada)
Clinical and cognitive neuroscience; neural and cognitive mechanisms of goal-directed behavior and memory and their disruption in clinical populations

Michael Cole, CMBN; Ph.D., Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon
Network mechanisms of  flexible cognitive control

William Graves, Psychology; Ph.D., Iowa
Cognitive neuroscience; language

Gal Haspel, Biology, NJIT
Neuroethology of locotomotion in the nematode (worm) C. elegans

Icnelia Huerta OCampo, CMBN; National University of Mexico
Principles of operation of subcortical networks and their interaction with neuromodulatory systems

Tibor Koos, CMBN; Ph.D., Rutgers
Optogentic studies of striatal function 

Sylvia Ortiz-Mantilla, CMBN; M.D., Bogota
Febrile seizure; traumatic brain injury in children; hypotonic child; neuromuscular diseases in children 

Vincent B. McGinty, CMBN, Ph.D., Pittsburgh
Systems and cognitive neuroscience; neuroeconomics; behavioral electrophysiology

Pierre-Olivier Polack, CMBN; D.V.M., Ph.D., France
Cellular and network mechanisms of attention and sensory perception

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee, Psychology; Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon
Cognitive and neural processes in developing mathematical ability in humans

Horacio Rotstein, Mathematical Science/NJIT; Ph.D., Technion
Cortical oscillations

Juan Mena Segovia, CMBN; M.D., Ph.D., National University of Mexico
Principles of operation of subcortical networks and their interaction with neuromodulatory systems 

Michael Shiflett, Psychology; Ph.D., Cornell
Neuroscience of adaptive behavior

Tracy Tran, Biology; Ph.D., UCLA
Molecular mechanisms governing nervous system patterning

Professor Emeriti:

Ian Creese, CMBN; Ph.D., Cambridge
Neuropsychopharmacology; dopamine receptors and the roll of antipsychotic drugs play in receptor changed, specifically looking at schizophrenia and Parkinson's

Paula Tallal, CMBN; Ph.D., Cambridge
Cognitive neuroscience; experimental psychology; developmental neuropsycology; language development and disorders; speech synthesis and perception; learning disabilities and information processing

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