Neuroscience Graduate Programs

Addiction Neuroscience

Department of Psychology, School of Science, IUPUI

This is our program, with an emphasis on behavioral, neuropharmacological, and developmental causes and consequences of drug abuse. The primary research emphasis of the faculty is on the use of animal models to study the neural and behavioral mechanisms of drug effects.  Visit the program web site for more detailed description of research strategies and recent discoveries of our faculty and students.

Program in Medical Neuroscience

IU School of Medicine, IUPUI (the IUPUI Psychobiology students share certain classes, research, and mentors with IU Medical Neuroscience students).

This is an inter-departmental program in the IU School of Medicine (IUPUI campus), administered through the Department of Psychiatry (Dr. Jay Simon, Director). The program emphasizes cellular and molecular neurobiology of CNS function and disease.  There is substantial interaction and collaboration between the faculty and students of the Psychobiology and Medical Neuroscience programs. Some Med Neuro students work with Psychobiology mentors; some psychobiology students collaborate with Med Neuro faculty. Psychobiology faculty are members of and contribute to Med Neuro program; Med Neuro faculty have served on Psychobiology student committees. Mutually complementary classes are offered by the two programs, and cross-over of students taking classes offered by the other program is commonplace. Nevertheless, the two programs have separate missions and grant independent degrees (Med Neuro is an IU degree; Psychobiology is a Purdue degree).  

Purdue Psychobiology

Department of Psychology, Purdue University, West Lafayette (the IUPUI Psychobiology of Addictions program is a Purdue degree.)

The Psychobiology program at West Lafayette consists of five core faculty, who also participate in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Neuroscience at Purdue University. The Purdue Psychobiology program has strengths and expertise in regulatory and developmental neurobiology, homeostasis and energy utilization, neurobiology of adaptive and motivated behaviors, and sensory physiology. The West Lafayette Psychology department is the administrative home for our (IUPUI) Psychobiology PhD program. Through a treaty signed in 1994, the faculty and administration at the West Lafayette campus agreed to allow the IUPUI Psychobiology program (as part of the Purdue School of Science) to establish a PhD graduate program in Psychobiology of Addictions. Consequently, the IUPUI program grants a Purdue University degree, for work performed on the IUPUI campus. The treaty stipulates that key student committees (advisory, qualifying exam, dissertation) shall include two Psychobiology faculty from West Lafayette. This arrangement has worked very well, mainly because of collegial, respectful, and cooperative efforts of the five core faculty at WL and the five core IUPUI faculty. Faculty and students from the two programs meet several times each year, and those interactions mutually enrich the activities of the two programs.

IU-Bloomington Program in Neural Science

IU-Bloomington (the IUPUI Psychobiology and IUB Neural Science faculty and students actively collaborate on externally funded research.) 

The IUB Program in Neural Science is has a core of 20 faculty and ranges broadly over many areas of neuroscience, from cellular and systems neurobiology through behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.  Several of the IUB and IUPUI faculty maintain active collaborations between the two campuses.