Doctoral Program in Psychology
Kozbelt, Aaron P
5401 James Hall
The doctoral subprogram in Psychology at Brooklyn College—Cognition, Brain, and Behavior—provides a strong education in Cognitive Psychology, focusing on an interdisciplinary and translational approach.
Research areas integrate neuroscience, cognitive science, and social cognition. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in basic and applied research in academic settings and research institutions. The major emphasis is on experimental approaches to the integrative study of cognition, neuroscience, memory, and behavior in a wide variety of contexts. Besides acquiring skills specific to their research interests, students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with general theoretical principles and with analytical, computational, and statistical techniques that are applicable to basic and applied research problems. Students are given strong training in the teaching of psychology; many teaching opportunities are provided as well.
Research Resources and Equipment
The Psychology Department at Brooklyn College, located in James Hall, contains well-equipped modern laboratories for studies in animal behavior; physiology sensory and cognitive processes in adults, children, and clinical populations; and interpersonal foundations and group dynamics in social situations.
The program's offices and laboratories are well-appointed with networked computer facilities, and Brooklyn College has extensive computer facilities for student use. The University also provides computer accounts and computing facilities for all doctoral students.
The Brooklyn College Doctoral Program in Psychology
Students enrolled in the doctoral program are expected to actively engage in research, course work, and teaching. Research experience under the supervision of one or several faculty advisors is stressed throughout a student's graduate career. The program requires full-time status of all students. To facilitate the education of our doctoral students, the program has traditionally provided financial support to all who are admitted.
In addition to courses offered by the doctoral faculty at Brooklyn College, students can take relevant graduate courses at the Graduate Center and at other CUNY colleges as well as other local universities including NYU and Columbia. Some program faculty have supplemental appointments at nearby institutions (the Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Polytechnic University, Rockefeller University), and this further broadens the scope of experimental training available to students.
Psychology Program Faculty
- Abramov, Israel
- Brauner, Elisabeth, Social and Organizational Psychology
Transactive memory in groups and organizations; communication, interaction processes, knowledge management; research methods for group research, interaction coding, process analysis.
- Chanowitz, Benzion
- Delamater, Andrew, Associative Learning
Basic neural and psychological mechanisms in Pavlovian and instrumental learning, reward representations and expectancy, extinction learning, quantitative models of learning, neural network models of associative learning.
- Erdelyi, Matthew H.
- Grasso, Frank W.
- Hainline, Louise
- Hardin, Curtis D.
- Hass, R. Glen
- Kacinik, Natalie A.
- Kozbelt, Aaron
- Kurylo, Daniel, Cognitive Neuroscience
Daniel Kurylo's research focuses on ways in which populations of neurons become integrated to produce cognitive functions. Models of neural integration are explored in human clinical populations as well as with animal models. Studies include an analysis of visual impairment in patients with brain injury and schizophrenia. Studies also include an analysis of visual capacities in animals, and changes in perception that result from alterations in neural chemistry.
- McDonough, Laraine
- Owen, David, Psychopathology and human behavior genetics; testing and measurement
- Pipe, Margaret-Ellen, Memory development, investigative interviews with child abuse victims.
- Rabin, Laura A., Clinical Neuropsychology / Geropsychology
Laura Rabin's research is focused on the cognitive and neurophysiological changes associated with preclinical stages of dementia. Alzheimer's disease is preceded by a transitional phase known as mild cognitive impairment, during which older adults present with cognitive deficits and subjective cognitive complaints that reflect underlying neurodegeneration. With current NIH/NIA support, she is working to characterize this condition as a means to facilitate early diagnosis and therapy. While her research is focused on preclinical dementia, other ongoing interests relate to basic test usage practices among neuropsychologists and the ecological validity of neuropsychological instruments. She also has had the privilege of collaborating with talented students and colleagues whose research interests span cognitive, sociocultural and biological variables implicated in various psychological disturbances.
- Raphan, Theodore
- Reigada, Laura
- Sclafani, Anthony, Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: The biopsychology of appetite, food preferences and obesity. Current research is focusing on the role of learning in the development of preferences for high-fat and high-sugar foods using animal models (rats, mice). Brain mechanisms mediating food appetite and preference learning are under investigation.
- Walder, Deborah J.