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Addiction Neuroscience

Doctoral and professional degree

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Addiction Neuroscience Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Addiction Neuroscience is a Purdue University degree offered in the Department of Psychology.

The is intended for students interested in the behavioral and brain sciences who seek research-based careers in behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology. The graduate training is designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of the neural bases of behavior, with an emphasis on the behavioral neurobiology of drugs of abuse.

You will gain expertise in integrative neuroscience and learn to apply current methods of cellular and systems neuroscience to key problems of drug abuse and addiction. You’ll be prepared for a career in academia, medical neuroscience research, the pharmaceutical industry, or government research.

You’ll work closely with a faculty mentor, often in collaboration with other faculty on campus. Your studies will focus on the actions and effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse on brain function and brain development, as well as on brain mechanisms of addictive behavior. Our faculty are experts in:

  • behavior
  • psychopharmacology and neurochemistry of alcohol and drugs of abuse
  • genetic determinants of alcohol abuse
  • mechanisms of alcohol-related behavior
  • behavioral and neurobiological consequences of developmental exposure to drugs of abuse

Understanding your course requirements *denotes a required course

Core in Addiction Neuroscience (12 credit hours required)

  • *PSY 615 - Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • *PSY I545 - Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
  • *PSY 590 - Drugs of Abuse (3 credits)
  • PSY I544 - Psychobiology of Motivation & Reward (3 credits)
  • PSY 590 - Behavior Genetics & Animal Models (3 credits)

Core in Neurobiology (6 credit hours required)

  • *ANAT D527 - Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
  • BIOL 571 - Developmental Neurobiology (3 credits)
  • ANAT D526 - Methods in Cell and Neurobiology (4 credits)
  • BIOC B835 - Neurochemistry (3 credits)
  • PHAR F809 - Neuropharmacology (3 credits)
  • ANAT D876 - Neurotransmitter/Neuroendocrine Cytology & Anatomy (3 credits)
  • ANAT D888 - Developmental & Molecular Neurobiology (3 credits)
  • BIOC B500 - (3 credits)
  • ORCHEM 533 - Biochemistry (3 credits)

Core in Psychology

Quantitative Methods (6 credit hours required) 

  • *PSY 600 - Statistical Inference (3 credits)
  • *PSY 601 - Correlation & Experiment Design (3 credits)

Learning, Memory, & Cognition (6 credit hours required) 

  • PSY 518 - Memory & Cognition (3 credits)
  • PSY 622 - Animal Learning (3 credits)
  • PSY 624 - Human Learning & Memory (3 credits)
  • PSY 628 - Perceptual Processes (3 credits)
  • PSY 655 - Cognitive Development (3 credits)
  • PSY I675 - Human Neuropsychology (3 credits)

Clinical, Social, Developmental, and I/O (6 credit hours required)

  • PSY 570 - Industrial Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 572 - Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY I591 - Psychopathology (3 credits)
  • PSY 640 - Survey of Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 655 - Cognitive Development (3 credits)
  • PSY I670 - Ethical Issues in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY I675 - Human Neuropsychology (3 credits)

Seminars & Professional Training (8, 1-hour seminar credit hours of 590 required)

  • *590 - Seminar in Psychobiology (1 credit per semester)
  • N801 - Seminar-Topics in Medical Neuroscience (1 credit)
  • N802 - Tech. of Effective Grant Writing (3 credits)
  • G504 - Introduction to Research Ethics (2 credits)
  • G556 - Humane Animal Experimentation (1 credit)
  • *I595 - Seminar in Teaching Psychology (0-3 credits)

Every student is expected to serve in some teaching capacity for at least two semesters, either as a teaching assistant or as an instructor for an undergraduate psychology course.

Offered at IUPUI by School of Science

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