Health Division

Director: Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., James L. Knight Professor of Health Psychology
Associate Director: Marc D. Gellman, Ph.D.
Clinical Track Coordinator Patrice Saab, Ph.D.
Faculty: Michael Antoni, Ph.D., Barry Hurwitz, Ph.D., Gail Ironson, Ph.D., M.D., Amishi Jha, Ph.D., Youngmee Kim, Ph.D., Maria Llabre Ph.D.Elizabeth Reynolds Losin, Ph.D., Philip McCabe, Ph.D., Roger McIntosh, Ph.D.,Patrice Saab, Ph.D., Steven A. Safren, Ph.D., Lucina Uddin, Ph.D., and Ray Winters, Ph.D.

The Health Division offers coursework and training to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in three health-related areas: Health Clinical, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Behavioral Medicine. This section outlines these programs and clinical program track, and the core and elective courses for each

Health Clinical Psychology Track
This track of the clinical program is a aimed at training psychologists who are both academically and clinically prepared to work as researchers and clinicians in medical or academic settings.  The program track is designed on the premise that psychologists in health-related settings need skills in clinical psychology as well as a strong foundation in areas related to health, disease processes and research.  Thus, the program track emphasizes combined year-round training in behavioral medicine research and the development of skills in health clinical psychology.  As part of an APA accredited clinical program, the health clinical track requires completion of an internship.  This is the program that a majority of the students in the Health Division are enrolled in.
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Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (Non-Clinical)
This program is designed to provide systematic research training in the areas of neuroscience and behavior.  Research, coursework, and training are interdepartmental and involve faculty from the departments of psychology, neurology, neurological surgery, and the University-wide Neuroscience Program.  In addition to departmental core courses, students in this program are expected to take courses in neuroscience/behavioral medicine/health psychology within the department, and relevant coursework (e.g., neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology, molecular neuroscience immunology) at the medical school.  Research within the program emphasizes the use of contemporary neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioral techniques designed to examine neural bases of behavior and the role the nervous system plays in disease processes.
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The Evolution and Behavior Emphasis is an interdisciplinary emphasis within the Psychology Department's PhD track in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. This Emphasis is aimed at producing the next generation of evolution-minded researchers in the field of psychology. Faculty and graduate students working in this area are focused on discovering the evolved structure of the human mind. Current faculty research interests include altruism, kinship, religion, emotions, sexual attraction, morality, conflict and its resolution, impulsiveness, effort, and fatigue. Coursework includes an analysis of the human psychological architecture on multiple levels: neuroscientific organization, computational processes, and evolved function. In addition to coursework in psychology and neuroscience, students are encouraged to incorporate biological coursework into their training.
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Behavioral Medicine (Non-Clinical)
This program is designed to provide systematic research training in biobehavioral and psychosocial factors involved in the etiology, pathogenesis and treatment (including rehabilitation) of disease, and in the prevention of disease in high risk populations.  Emphasis is placed upon interdisciplinary research.  Although a considerable amount of didactic coursework is available within this program, the emphasis of training is upon direct involvement in research on a year-round basis.  Hands-on training in experimental methods, psychophysiology, use of computers, data analysis, and use of instrumentation are stressed.  Because the Behavioral Medicine program is not a clinical program, it offers more flexibility in terms of coursework within and outside the Department of Psychology (e.g., epidemiology, mechanisms of disease, advanced statistics, neuroscience, biochemistry, immunology, and pharmacology).  This program is suitable for individuals (e.g.., RNs) currently holding a post-baccalaureate degree and desiring further training in the area of Behavioral Medicine as well as for individuals interested in obtaining advanced training in such areas as biostatistics and epidemiology.  It is suggested that you consult with the Associate Director of the Health Division before applying to the Behavioral Medicine Program.
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For information on research projects see the "Health Division Research" page.

For a description of special facilities see the "Health Division Facilities" page.