Faculty

Primary Appointed Faculty

Atheir Abbas, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: The role of interneurons in regulating working memory circuitry and associated task-related information, and the use of computational techniques to analyze high density neural recordings to understand how populations of neurons represent behaviorally-relevant information

Kari J. Buck, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Scientist, VA Medical Center

Vincent Costa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: using computational approaches from reinforcement learning and decision making to reframe the study of emotion and to understand the function of the mesolimbic circuits

John C. Crabbe, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Murine models of genetic risk for binge drinking. Addiction-related behavioral assessment

Damien A. Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Research Interest: Typical and atypical brain development with non-invasive neuroimaging

Deborah A. Finn, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Pharmacologist, Research Service, VAMC
Research Interest: Rodent models of high alcohol drinking, withdrawal, sex differences, and interaction with stress

Marina Guizzetti, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Extracellular matrix remodeling and astrocyte-neuron interactions in physiological and fetal alcohol-altered brain development

Robert Hitzemann, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Behavioral Genomics, Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Matthew Lattal, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Behavioral and molecular mechanisms that underlie learning and memory

Claudio V. Mello, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Neuroethology, molecular neuroscience, speech and language, vocal learning, central auditory processing, learning and memory, neurogenomics

Charles K. Meshul, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Behavioral Neuroscience and Pathology
Research Interests: Investigating treatments for Parkinson’s disease and synaptic changes in the basal ganglia in various models of PD and neurodegenerative diseases

Suzanne H. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Research Interest: Neural and genetic bases of impulsive and risky decision-making; factors affecting these choices

Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.
Chair and Ruth Matarazzo Professor
Research Interests: Motivated behavior, electrophysiology, animal models of psychiatric disorders

Kim A. Neve, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Molecular, cellular, and behavioral analysis of dopamine receptors and neuropsychiatric disease

Angela R. Ozburn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neurobiology of drug and alcohol abuse using animal models

Tamara J. Phillips, Ph.D.
Professor & Vice-Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Genetic dissection of behavioral traits that are hallmarks of addiction

Jacob Raber, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurology, and Radiation Medicine
Research Interests: Characterizing effects of environmental and genetic factors on the brain and developing treatments to antagonize these effects

Andrey E. Ryabinin, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neurocircuitry of alcohol use, addiction, pain and social behavior

Marina Wolf, Ph.D.
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Synaptic plasticity underlying persistent craving for cocaine and methamphetamine

Secondary Appointment Faculty

Charles N. Allen, Ph.D.
Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Circadian rhythms, sleep, synaptic transmission, suprachiasmatic nucleus, neural network activity

Bahareh Ajami, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: The function and biology of the brains intrinsic immune cells: microglia

Matthew Butler, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: The effects of clock synchrony on cardiometabolic health, how the circadian clock governs sleep apnea severity in humans, temporal patterns of sleep apnea as predictors of mortality

Verginia C. Cuzon Carlson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Developmental neuroscience, addiction

Stephen V. David, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oregon Hearing Research Center and Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Representation of speech and other natural sounds in auditory cortex, learning and attention-driven changes in auditory representation, biological mechanisms underlying neural computations

Amy J. Eshleman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: neurotransmitter transporters, dopamine receptors, protein trafficking, therapeutics for drug and alcohol abuse, Parkinsons

Matthew M. Ford, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Behavioral pharmacology; neuroendocrinology; addiction; drug reinforcement and motivation; drug discrimination; drug self-administration; animal models of alcohol, nicotine, and methamphetamine abuse

Kathleen A. Grant, Ph.D.
Chief and Professor, Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Animal models of alcohol and drug addiction, stress response to chronic alcohol drinking, MRI imaging of brain circuitry, advances in cognitive assessment of primate behavior, behavioral pharmacology

Mary M. Heinricher, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Neurological Surgery
Associate Dean, Basic Research, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience

William F. Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: Effects of methamphetamine on cognition and decision-making

Fay B. Horak, Ph.D., P.T.
Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
Director, Balance Disorders Laboratory

Aaron J. Janowsky, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, The Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center
Research Career Scientist, Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Sarah L. Karalunas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Christopher D. Kroenke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Advanced Imaging Research Center, and Behaviorla Neuroscience
Research Interest: Fetal development, magnetic resonance imaging, neurodeveloment disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Miranda M. Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurology and Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Sleep, EEG, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurodegeneration, Alzheimer's, autism

Jodi L. McBride, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center and Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Development therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington's and Batten diseases; creating non-human primate models of neurodegenerative diseases; developing and testing novel gene therapy strategies to deliver genes to the brain; assessing brain connectivity in neurodegenerative diseases using novel imaging techniques; translational therapeutics; viral vectors; neurosurgery

Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Psychology, School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Research, Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program

Joel T. Nigg, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, Division of Psychology

Barry S. Oken, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Neurology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and Oregon Center for Complementary & Alternative in Neurological Disorders
Research Interest: Cognitive neuroscience, attention, stress, human neurophysiology, EEG/ERP, mind-body medicine, cognitive changes with aging and neurodegenerative diseases

Anna Wang Roe, Ph.D.
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Organization and function of cerebral cortex; sensory systems: vision, touch, attention; neuroimaging and neurotechnology; brain development

Bill D. Rooney, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Advanced Imaging Research Center
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, MRI, pharmacokinetics, brain

Nathan R. Selden, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Mario and Edith Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Department Chair, Neurological Surgery
Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program
Research Interest: Pediatric epilepsy, cranial synostosis, chiari malformation, tethered spinal cord, neurosurgical education

Eliot R. Spindel, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interest: Basic mechanisms of lung development; potential effects of smoking during pregnancy on lung development and therapeutic interventions; clinical approaches to lung development, prematurity, and improved respiratory outcomes; epigenetic effects of in utero exposure to smoking; nicotine, nicotinic receptors and ly-6 proteins; nicotine and lung cancer; e-cigarettes

Elinor L Sullivan, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Research Interest: Behavioral regulation, brain development, developmental programming, maternal nutrition, neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety, and serotonin

Henryk F. Urbanski, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and Physiology and Pharmacology
Research Interest: Aging, circadian rhythms, neuroendocrinology, puberty

Affiliated Faculty

Bill Griesar, Ph.D.
Instructor, Psychology, Portland State University
Instructor, Psychology & Neuroscience, WSU-Vancouver
Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU

David Rossi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Washington State University

Todd D. Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Lewis & Clark College

Yueping Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Lewis & Clark College

Emeritus Faculty

Christopher L. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Behavioral Neuroscience

Gregory P. Mark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Behavioral Neuroscience

Joseph D. Matarazzo, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Behavioral Neuroscience

Ruth G. Matarazzo, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN
Professor Emeritus
Departments of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry

Arthur N. Wiens, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Behavioral Neuroscience

Kristine Wiren, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Behavioral Neuroscience