Our Department

The Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science Graduate Program is part of the Department of Psychology, which is made up of 19 full-time faculty, 11 teaching professors and lecturers, nearly 70 graduate students, and over 1200 undergraduate majors. The Department—which makes its home on top of the hill in Fraser Hall overlooking the rest of the campus and the city of Lawrence—has had a long and successful history with many psychologists contributing to its success since its beginnings in 1930. Besides the interests of the Program's faculty, the faculty of the Department also have expertise in Social and Clinical Psychology. Finally, the Department has strong connections to other parts of KU including the Departments of Applied Behavioral Science, Communications, Linguistics, and Speech-LanguageHearing, as well as the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering and Music.

Mission Statement

Faculty and students in the Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science program seek a better understanding of human behavior through interdisciplinary approaches and translate that basic understanding to improve the development and well‐being of individuals in society. We work toward this goal by developing better models of behavior, cognition, and brain function through translational research and the creation of new computational and statistical tools that allow us to extract meaningful and useful conclusion from complex data.

Program Research Interests

  • Behavioral economics
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Cognitive science
  • Developmental science
  • Learning
  • Quantitative and computational methods

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