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Behavioral Neuroscience PhD

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Behavioral Neuroscience emphasizes the neural underpinnings of behavior. The mission of the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program is to produce outstanding scientists capable of pursuing successful behavioral and cognitive neuroscience research and teaching careers by emphasizing a firm academic program and interdisciplinary research, all under the guidance of UAB's expert faculty.

Entering graduate students will receive a competitive five-year package that includes a 12-month $30,000 stipend, tuition, and health insurance.

Interdisciplinary Research and Training

Our students conduct research and training under the supervision of any faculty member within any department at UAB who has research interests that fall within the area of behavioral, cognitive, affective, and clinical neuroscience. Training and mentorship are provided by faculty in many departments, such as:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurology
  • Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Biology
  • Psychology

This system gives students an advantage because it enables them not only to obtain faculty positions in psychology, but also in many other neuroscience-related departments within university settings, medical schools, research institutions, and private industry.

Learn more about research in the Department of Psychology.

Expert Faculty

Several of the faculty members in this program are recognized as experts in their areas of research. Grants to faculty from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation provide a fertile environment for developing our students’ research careers.


Please explore our website to see what the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program has to offer. If you have specific questions, contact the director or the graduate programs manager.

Dr. David Knight.


David Knight

Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program
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Terri Roberson


Terri M. Roberson

Graduate Programs Manager
Phone: (205) 934-8723
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