Behavioral Neuroscience


The Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, offers the opportunity for exceptional students to pursue graduate study in Behavioral Neuroscience. The Behavioral Neuroscience Area consists of six faculty whose research interests span topics such as the evolution of human behavior, behavioral endocrinology, developmental neuroscience, the physiology of learning and behavior genetics.

Graduate students in Behavioral Neuroscience are given a strong research background and work closely with faculty on laboratory research projects. In this regard students have the opportunity to acquire skills in molecular and cellular techniques in neuroanatomy and neurochemistry, small animal surgery, animal behavior testing, histology, computer applications, and analysis of human behavior.

Students can choose from a range of courses offered in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry and can include courses from the Graduate Studies program with the Center for Neuroscience Research and Albany Medical College. Examples of the type of courses available to students are listed below.

Students also have the opportunity to interact with additional Neuroscience faculty in the Biology Department at Albany Medical College and the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. anatomy and histology, and neurochemistry. Course offerings beyond the first year are individually tailored to each student's interests, and can include courses in the Developmental Neurobiology Research Center at the University and at Albany Medical Center.


The University at Albany has recently launched a Life Science Initiative and several Behavioral Neuroscience research labs are now housed in the Life Science Research Building with generous lab space, a state-of-the-art animal housing facility, and access to core facilities including tissue culture, molecular biology and behavioral analysis cores. This building provides not only modern lab space, but also provides a focus for collaborative interactions among research scientists and students across a range of disciplines including Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Research in Behavioral Neuroscience using human subjects is conducted in the area of evolution and human behavior, including self-awareness, social cognition and human reproductive competition.

A modern 61,000 sq ft Science Library ( on campus contains some 600,000 volumes in all areas of science. An efficient and user-friendly electronic library system is available to all students for electronic access to journals and interlibrary loan.

Financial Aid

Students in good standing in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Albany typically receive three years of financial support in the form of academic-year assistantships, research assistantships on faculty grants or (in the fourth year) teaching positions. Many students supplement their income during the summer by working as paid research assistants or by teaching summer courses of their own.


Individuals interested in obtaining application materials can visit the Graduate Admission Website. For additional information about the program in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University at Albany contact Dr. Ewan McNay, Behavioral Neuroscience Program Director, University at Albany, Department of Psychology, SS399, 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12222 (Voice: 518-437-4404;

Course Offerings in Behavioral Neuroscience

Faculty in Behavioral Neuroscience