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Behavioral and Brain Sciences Doctoral Program

Diversity and Inclusion Pledge: We seek to create and foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all members and potential members of the BBS program, with respect to historically underrepresented, understudied, underserved, underpowered, and marginalized groups, including, but not limited to, individuals from different social and ethnic backgrounds, of different sexes, sexual orientations and gender identities, political ideologies, creeds and religious affiliations, veteran status, and persons with mental health conditions, and different abilities in an effort to ensure all people feel welcome and safe in our program, department, and university. 

Education: The objective of the doctoral program in Behavioral and Brain Sciences is to prepare students for successful careers as scholars in academic or other professional settings. A feature of our program is flexibility that allows students to devise and pursue personalized training programs. While students are expected to master core topic areas, they work with their Advisory Committees to create individualized programs of study. The result is a graduate program that fosters the development of advanced expertise in a specialty area within the context of each student’s particular skills and aspirations. 

Core Research Areas: The Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program faculty maintain wide-ranging and diverse research programs that are integrated through extensive collaborations that exist within the Program, within the Department and across the University. Areas of research focus are highlighted below with faculty descriptions and a figure illustrating the integrative nature of the program.

Areas of Research Focus

Weekly Colloquia Series

The Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program sponsors a weekly speaker series for graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars.


Dr. Michelle vanDellen

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