IU School of Medicine



This course provides an introduction to neuroimaging research methods and how neuroimaging techniques can be utilized to advance our understanding of psychiatric disorders. Students will learn via direct instruction and interaction with faculty and guided laboratory work. Students will observe and assist with aspects of a neuroimaging research project commensurate with one-month elective duration, including data collection, analysis, production of results, and manuscript preparation. The objectives of the elective can be tailored to meet a student's interest in a specific psychiatric disorder or neuroimaging technique. The faculty will work with students directly throughout the course.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Tom Hummer (thummer@iupui.edu)

Director: Tom Hummer, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) building (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Display characteristics of an informed consumer of psychiatric neuroimaging research (PBLI1)
  • 2) Describe the benefits and limitations of multiple neuroimaging methods and study designs and their capabilities for improving psychiatric knowledge (MK5)
  • 3) Explain the basic statistical techniques employed to analyze neuroimaging data (PC5)
  • 4) Interpret neuroimaging research presented in the literature (PC3)
  • 5) Assist with preparation of a neuroimaging research proposal suitable for intramural or extramural funding applications or manuscript for publication (ISC5)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Interactive discussion with faculty to assess student's understanding of course material and whether course objectives are being met. Student will complete a written or oral review of a psychiatric neuroimaging research article. Develop one's own research proposal or assist with manuscript preparation).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 40% Library; 40% Laboratory; 20% Lecture

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Tom Hummer (thummer@iupui.edu) Please contact Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu) before scheduling to determine availability and contact faculty a minimum of 4 weeks prior to start of elective.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None