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The projects listed below are general examples of what is possible given the wide range of expertise and modes of behavioral research represented among the preceptors in the BBS program. This is a key value-added feature of this interdisciplinary predoctoral training program that results from its cross-program nature.

Research and corresponding training opportunities for BBS PhD students can be divided into six thematic areas (circles) that are relevant to many aspects of human health and disease (center box).  Research in each area crosses departments, schools, and the aligned PhD Programs.  This creates outstanding opportunities for BBS trainees to work on collaborative, multidisciplinary projects at the interface of behavioral and biomedical research which address important clinical and public health issues.

Human Health and Disease Areas

  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Environmental Toxicity
  • Mood Disorder
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Risk Behavior
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Stroke
  • Substance Abuse

Research and Training Oppurtunities

  • Neural Basis of Cognitive Function and Dementias
  • Developmental Behavior and Psychopathology
  • Mechanisms of Sensory Processing and Pathology
  • Behavioral Interventions in Physical and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Risk Factors Related to Health Behaviors
  • Neurochemical, Physiological, and Molecular Basis of Behavior 

The BBS Program is strengthened by its close affiliation with units at WVU that support strong behavioral research training.

  • Chest Ridge Center/ Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry (CRC
  • West Virginia Clinical and Transitional Sciences Institute (WVCTSI)
  • WVU Center for Neuroscience (WVU CN)
  • Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI)
  • Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED)
  • Animal Behavior, Biomedical, and Population Data Cores (i.e., Shared Resources)

The BBS Training Program is supported by NIGMS grant T32 GM081741.