The mission of the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program is to produce outstanding young scientists capable of pursuing successful teaching and research careers. This goal is achieved by having each student obtain firm academic and research training in both psychology- and neuroscience-based domains.

A major strength of the program is that it is an interdisciplinary program that includes programmatic research and training under the supervision of any faculty member within any department at UAB who has research interests that lie in the area of behavioral neuroscience. Current training and mentorship are provided by faculty in the departments of Anesthesiology, Biostatistics, Neurobiology, Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Psychology, and Vision Sciences. The Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program trains students to discover basic neural substrates of behavior in order to provide translational research that serves to better the human condition.