BCS Faculty

Brain and Cognitive Sciences Faculty & Research

Faculty and students in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Program are working on a wide range of research questions across the domains of cognition, perception, and neuroscience. Students in this program are presented with a unique opportunity for integrative work across a variety of perspectives. Many BCS faculty collaborate with researchers in other areas of Psychology as well as other departments of the university including Computer Science, Geology, and Marketing.

A list of faculty working in the BCS Program is given below. More detailed information is available on faculty web pages. In addition to pursuing a PhD in the Psychology Department, graduate students with neuroscience interests can also receive a Specialization in Neuroscience through the interdisciplinary Neuroscience@Temple Program, which includes faculty from the Biology, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, and Psychology Departments. Students interested in pursuing research in decision making may wish to consider applying to the Decision Neuroscience PhD program which is jointly administered by Psychology and Fox School of Business. Last, individuals interested in pursuing a Masters Degree in Neuroscience, separately from our PhD program, should consider our 2-year degree: MS in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity.

For further information, please refer to our FAQs page. For specific questions concerning the Doctoral Program in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, contact:

Dr. Ingrid Olson
Director, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Email: iolson@temple.edu

BCS Faculty & Research Interests

Behavioral Neuroscience Faculty

  • Debra Bangasser, Ph.D.: Neurobiology of stress, anxiety, and learning - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • Lisa Briand, Ph.D.: Animal Models of Addiction - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • Vinay Parikh, Ph.D.: Neurochemical substrates of fronto-executive functions; normal and pathological aging; neurocognitive mechanisms of addiction - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • Mathieu Wimmer, Ph.D.: Epigenetics of addiction and memory - Currently Accepting Graduate Students

Cognitive Faculty

Cognitive Neuroscience Faculty

  • Jason Chein, Ph.D.: Working memory and cognitive control; Risk taking in adolescence - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • Tania Giovannetti, Ph.D.: Human neuropsychology and Everyday action; Aging, Dementia, and TBI. *Graduate applications accepted through the Clinical Area only
  • Chelsea Helion, Ph.D.: Morality; social cognition; affective neuroscience; fMRI; New faculty as of July 2019
  • Johanna Jarcho, Ph.D.: Developmental social neuroscience of peer relations, Aggression, Reward processing, and learning - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • Peter Marshall, Ph.D.: Developmental social cognitive neuroscience - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • Vishnu (Deepu) Murty, Ph.D.: Episodic Memory; Motivation; Decision-making; Neuromodulation; Psychosis - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • Ingrid Olson, Ph.D.:Episodic and semantic memory across the lifespan; Social Cognition including person perception and social concepts; TBI; fMRI - Currently Accepting Graduate Students
  • David Smith, Ph. D.: Social and economic decision making in humans; Reward processing; fMRI; Noninvasive brain stimulation - Not Currently Accepting Graduate Students