The primary goal of the doctoral program in neuroscience is to provide students with a strong educational and research foundation in cellular, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience. Students will apply critical concepts in neuroscience to understanding normal and disordered processes of sensation, movement, cognition, language, and communication across the lifespan. This goal will be accomplished through a core set of neuroscience courses, advanced electives, and laboratory experiences.
Students in the neuroscience doctoral program are expected to align themselves with a focus area. Currently, these include Translational Neuroscience, Educational Neuroscience, and Lifespan Neuroscience.
The neuroscience PhD program at Utah State University is strongly interdisciplinary, involving faculty in Psychology; Biology; Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education; Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Mathematics and Statistics; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Family, Consumer and Human development. The Neuroscience PhD program serves to connect faculty and students who are currently engaged in neuroscience research related to sensation, information processing, memory, decision-making, language development, cognitive development, motor development, aging, as well as applied clinical neuroscience related to neurodevelopmental, neurogenic, and neurocognitive disorders.
Research Interests: Neuropsychology of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, cognitive functioning and assessment in the elderly, adult general neuropsychology head injuries