The focus of the Program is on the delineation and analysis of perceptual, cognitive, linguistic, affective, and behavioral disorders observed in neurologic disease, as these disorders contribute to an understanding of normal brain function and its modification by pathology.
The subject matter derives chiefly, but not exclusively, from clinical populations with neurological disorders affecting higher processes, particularly from the study of syndromes involving selective impairment of functional systems such as memory, language, or purposeful movement.
Current methods of clinical assessment, cognitive psychology, experimental design, and the neurosciences are integrated into a broad program of clinical and basic research. The Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. Program is administered through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, BUSM, by faculty members of the Department of Neurology, Division of Psychiatry, and Anatomy & Neurobiology, BUSM (holding joint appointments at the Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] Medical Centers in Boston or Bedford, MA).