Graduate Program in Neuroscience & Behavior


Training in the area of neuroscience and behavior focuses on physiological psychology and the relationships between the brain and behavior. Graduate students in the area are required to complete a program of courses in neuroscience while developing specialized research interests during work on the thesis and dissertation. The faculty research interests include:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Animal Cognition
  • Autonomic and Cardiovascular Function
  • Mood and anxiety
  • Neurobiology of stress
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Recovery of function
  • Stroke


Applicants interested in graduate study in neuroscience and behavior must meet Graduate School admissions criteria.  In order to receive full consideration for admission and financial support, application materials should be completed by January 15th.  For information and to apply for admission and financial support, see:

To apply for admission in the Neuroscience and Behavior program, do the following by January 15th:

  • Complete all required application materials specified by the Graduate School (Telephone: 815-753-0395)
  • Complete this form and email as an attachment to
  • Email a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume to

Please contact Leslie Matuszewich ( or 815-753-7072) for more information about the neuroscience and behavior area of study.