News 2017 - 2018

Tulane Launches PhD Certificate in Health Psychology January 16, 2018

Students in the Psychological Science PhD program now have the option of completing a certificate in health psychology. Health psychology is the scientific discipline focused on understanding how psychosocial factors – thoughts, feelings, actions, relationships, and culture – shape health, as well as how health affects these important life domains. In completing the certificate, students focus 15 of their credits on health psychology foundational courses, advanced courses in methodology and statistics, and clinical or disease-specific courses. The training will empower students to improve public health and well-being through health psychology research careers in academic, medical, and other settings.


Jill Daniel awarded grant on impulse control. December 13, 2017

121217-jdaniel-jdarling600-pbc-1334 A Tulane University researcher is studying why males have more impulse-control issues than females, with the ultimate goal of developing more effective preventative and treatment strategies. Psychology and neuroscience professor Jill Daniel, director of the Tulane Brain Institute, received a two-year, $414,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to gain a better understanding of why males are more vulnerable to such disorders as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and addiction.

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Welcome Dr. Jonathan Fadok August 2017

FadokDr. Fadok is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Brain Institute. His research is focused on understanding how brain circuits control emotional learning and adaptive behavior. A fundamental goal of the laboratory is to discover the neurobiological mechanisms underlying emotional states, with the hope of identifying novel targets and strategies for therapeutic intervention designed to alleviate mental illness. The lab uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines advanced neuroanatomical tracing techniques, behavior, neurophysiological recordings, and methods to manipulate brain function.

Jonathan Fadok received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of Washington, where his dissertation research was supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. This work was funded by a long-term fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization and a NARSAD Young Investigator grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

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