Career &  Alumni Information

Careers in Behavioral Neuroscience

Although the majority of students who are granted a PhD in behavioral neuroscience transition into a post-doctoral research position at various research universities, the degree is a stepping-stone to many careers.

Some recent graduates of our program have gone on to hold research and/or teaching positions at major universities, smaller liberal arts colleges and research centers. Others have become science writers in the private sector and several have obtained careers at pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies. A few students chose to work at various government agencies as scientific researchers or advisers.

These websites have useful information about careers in behavioral neuroscience:


Listed below are some past graduates from the Behavioral Neuroscience program, the laboratories in which they received their degrees, and their current positions.

Andrea Allan, PhD  Isaacson Professor, University of New Mexico  Medical School
Fadwa M.B. Al-Mughairbi, PhD  Isaacson Assistant Professor, University of the United Arab Emirates
Rachel Anderson, PhD  L. Spear Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
Moore H. Arnold, PhD  N. Spear Senior Scientist, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development
Michelle Bannoura, PhD  N. Spear Animal Trainer, Private Practice
Lora Becker, PhD  Romero Assistant Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Evansville, IN
Susan Brasser, PhD  N. Spear Assistant Professor San Diego State University
Margaret Broadwater, PhD  L. Spear Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, October 2013-present
Steve Brunell, PhD  L. Spear Science Writer, Medlogix, San Diego, CA.
Domini Bryant, PhD  Romero Research Assistant Professor Washington University
James Campbell, PhD  L. Spear Michigan State VET School, Dept. of Physiology
Wei-Jung Andrew Chen, PhD  N. Spear Assistant Professor, Texas A & M Medical School
Sarah Cheslock, PhD  N. Spear Research Scientist, Lilly Pharmaceutical
Anne Danks, PhD  Isaacson Research Fellow, Merck Research Laboratories
John DeLuca, PhD  Donovick Director of Neuroscience Research, Kessler Institute
Kristin Dupre, PhD  Bishop Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland
Jeanne M. Fahey, PhD  Isaacson Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Richard Fanelli, PhD  Donovick Purdue Pharma LP, Director of Regulatory Affairs
Charles Goodlett, PhD  Donovick Professor, Stark Neuroscience Research Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine
Gregory Goodwin, PhD  L. Spear Assistant Professor, Skidmore College
Nicholas Grahame, PhD  Miller On faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine
Robert Hallock, PhD  Di Lorenzo Post Doctoral Research Associate: University of Colorado at Denver
John Hannigan, PhD  Isaacson Professor, C.S. Mott Center, Wayne State University
Gerald Hecht, PhD  L. Spear Associate Professor of Psychology, Southern University, Baton Rouge LA
Lisa Henry, PhD  Witt Post Doctoral Research Associate: Northwestern University
Charles Heyser, PhD  L. Spear Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College
Cara M. Hueston, PhD  Deak Postdoctoral Researcher at University College Cork
Karen L. Jaunarajs, PhD  Bishop Post Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine
Cheryl Kirstein, PhD  L. Spear Associate Professor, University of South Florida
Kim Kraebel, PhD  N. Spear Assistant Professor, SUNY-Cortland
Christian Lemon, PhD  Di Lorenzo Research Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Memphis
David McKinzie, PhD  N. Spear Senior Biologist, Eli-Lilly, Indianapolis
Eileen Moore, PhD  Boehm Fellow at San Diego State University (Postdoctoral Advisor, Ed Riley). Eileen was recently awarded a K99 from the NIAAA. 
Melissa Morales, PhD  L. Spear Fellow in the Department of Physiology/Parmacologyat Wake Forest School of Medicine. 
Michael Nizhnikov, PhD  N. Spear Assistant Professor, Southern Connecticut State University
Courtney O'Hagen, PhD  Boehm Assistant Professor, SUNY Broome
Shane Pitkin, PhD  Savage Head Science Writer-Palio Communications, Saratoga Springs, NY
Donna Ramirez, PhD  Savage Post Doctoral Research Associate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Christian R. Reich, PhD  DiLorenzo Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Washington College MD
Sarah Sanders, PhD  N. Spear Administration, West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
Marisa Silveri, PhD  L. Spear Assistant Professor, McLean Hospital, Harvard University
Joe E. Springer, PhD  Isaacson Associate Professor, University of Kentucky Medical School
Paul W. Stewart, PhD  Donovick Associate Professor & Coordinator, Center for Neurobehavioral Effects of Environmental Toxins, SUNY Oswego
Julie Varner, PhD  Isaacson Assistant Director of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs, Lineberry Research Associates
Amanda R. Wiley, PhD  L. Spear Assistant Professor, Bluefield State Collect, Bluefield, WV
Robin Wood, PhD  L. Spear Clinical Research Scientist II, Lineberry Research Associates
Jane Yang, PhD  Romero Post Doctoral Research Associate: Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY

Last Updated: 11/24/15