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Neuroscience, Behavior and Health

Neuroscience, Behavior, and HealthThe Neuroscience, Behavior, and Health (NBH) Initiative focuses on understanding the development and fundamental basis of human behaviors that are linked to health and disease — a research challenge that spans fields from molecular studies to human psychology. Research in NBH is closely associated with studying preventable disease and disabilities, informing policies and strategic investments that create healthier communities and decrease costs of treatment and mitigation.

The NBH Initiative will be developed around well-established, existing strengths in this multidisciplinary field. NBH already has numerous faculty members active across the university — from the College of Medicine to the College of Arts & Sciences — as well as established senior faculty leadership, extensive competitive grants, and growing, nationally recognized graduate programs in Psychology and Neuroscience. The NBH Initiative will facilitate collaboration among students and faculty in complementary research areas of neural development, structure and function, behavioral and cognitive processes, and diseases, disorders and disabilities.

With the recent approval by the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees of a new B.S. in Neuroscience, our undergraduates will without question benefit from this area of strength, and indeed this Initiative exemplifies, in the just-approved undergraduate curriculum, how centrally TRI Initiatives may support new opportunities for interdisciplinary undergraduate education and research.

Initiative Director: Rae Nishi, PhD, Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology
Program Assistant: Hallie Davis-Penders
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Steering Committee

Rae Nishi, PhD, Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology (Chair)
Mark Bouton, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology (Vice Chair)
Brian Flynn, PhD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Office of Health Promotion Research
Hugh Garavan, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Psychology
Sharon Henry, PhD, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation & Movement Science
Timothy Stickle, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology
Haley Woodside-Jiron, PhD, Associate Professor, Education

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