Behavioral Neurosciences Study Program (BSP)

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Study Program Director:  Andrew Krystal, M.D., M.S. 

This study program is designed to help third year medical students obtain an integrative understanding of the basic processes underlying normal and pathological human and laboratory animal behavior. The course and preceptorship offerings familiarize students with significant developments in the behavioral neurosciences, investigative methodology used to examine human behavior and its neurobiological underpinnings, and the application of these findings to medicine. As an example, they are provided with the neuroanatomical, histochemical, neuroimmunological, neuropharmacological, and neurobehavioral basis of prescribing anxiolytics, antidepressants, and other neurotropic drugs.
 
Students select an area of research concentration that matches their interests. They will be supervised by a faculty member research preceptor. Projects focus on some determinant of human behavior which may include neurobiological, developmental, or psychosocial factors. Students spend a significant portion of their time in a closely supervised in the laboratory and in associated library research in their area of interest resulting with the intent producing a published report of the work. Specific science interests can be augmented through seminars, guided readings, and appropriate courses providing a greater familiarity with current issues in the biobehavioral sciences.
 

Faculty

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Lisa M. Amaya-Jackson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Rochelle Bloom, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Professor of Biological Psychiatry
Director, Undergraduate Studies in Pharmacology
Director, RISE (Raising Interest in Science Education)
Director, Duke Center for Science Education

James Alan Blumenthal, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Joshua Seth Broder, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery

Pudugramam Murali Doraiswamy, M.B.B
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief, Division of Biological Psychiatry

Jau-Shyong Hong, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ranga Krishnan, MBBS
Dean, Duke-NUS Medical School

Andrew Darrell Krystal, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Cynthia Moreton Kuhn, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology&Cancer Biology

Madan Mohan Kwatra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Anesthesiology

Edward Daniel Levin, Ph.D.
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Integrated Toxicology Program

Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D.
Lawrence C. Katz Professor and Chair, Deptartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief, Division of Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology 

David Joseph Madden, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Shawn McClintock, PhD
Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Rajendra Annasah Morey, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Martha Elizabeth Payne, Ph.D., M.P.H
Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Jeffrey Robert Petrella, M.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology

Jed Eugene Rose, Ph.D.
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Alan Roses, M.D.
Professor of Neurobiology

Andrew Sherwood, Ph.D.
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Richard Samuel Surwit, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Behavorial Physiology Lab

Richard David Weiner, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

William Christopher Wetsel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Keith Eric Whitfield, Ph.D.
Research Professor

Redford B. Williams, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences