Courses

The curriculum for the doctoral program consists mainly of existing courses in neuropsychology within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. These courses are:

Human Neuropsychology Seminar I (GMS BN 775)

Human Neuropsychology Seminar II (GMS BN 776)

Basic Neurosciences (GMS BN 777, 778 & 779)

Neuropsychological Assessment I (GMS BN 796)

Functional Neuroanatomy in Neuropsychology (GMS BN 798)

Neuropsychological Assessment II (GMS BN 797)

Forensic Neuropsychology (GMS BN 782)

Behavioral and Biological Aspects of Stress and Trauma (GMS BN 780)

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Perception (GMS BN 795)

Adult Neurologic Communication Disorders (GMS BN 793)

Brain Asymmetry: Functional and Structural Differences Between Hemispheres (GMS BN 794)

Seminar in Neuroimaging (GMS BN 821)

Case Studies in Neuropsychology (Sections A, B, and C) (GMS BN 891, 892)

Child Clinical Neuropsychology (GMS BN 893)

The first five courses listed above will be required for all incoming students in the Program. A full description of each course being offered appears below.

An important feature of the program is a research apprenticeship with a core faculty member, and course credits are offered as Research in Behavioral Neuroscience. This arrangement is intended as preparation for independent research careers. Students also have the opportunity to assist resident and staff neurologists/psychiatrists in providing consultative services, to participate in daily and grand rounds, and to attend didactic seminars and hospital lectures at Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston VA Healthcare Campus.

With permission of the major advisor and/or Program Director, other graduate-level courses from the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences may be selected for credit in the proposed doctoral program, as well as courses offered in the Graduate School (e.g., the Departments of Mathematics, Psychology, and Cognitive and Neural Systems) and in Sargent College. They include the following courses:

(GMS AN 702) Advanced Neuroanatomy

(GMS MS 703) Neuroscience

(GMS AN 707) Neurobiology of Aging

(GMS PM 720) General Medical Pharmacology

(GMS PM 850) Biochemical Neuropharmacology

(GMS PH 740) Physiology

(GMS MS 700) Elementary Biostatistics

(GMS BT 570) Biostatistics with Computers

(GMS BI 751, or 755 & 756) Biochemistry

(GMS PM 820) Behavioral Pharmacology,

as well as courses in the Mathematics, Psychology, and Cognitive & Neural Systems Departments. For some students with specialized interests and backgrounds, additional courses available throughout Boston University may be credited toward the Ph.D. degree with special permission.

DESCRIPTION OF BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE COURSES

GMS BN 775  Human Neuropsychology I

This course emphasizes the relationship of the field of neuropsychology to other medical and scientific disciplines. Includes electrical activity of the brain, the study of consciousness and emotions, cerebral dominance, pathologies of language, sleep and its disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. Oscar-Berman, staff. 4 cr, 1st sem.

GMS BN 776  Human Neuropsychology II

Relationship of the field of neuropsychology to other medical and scientific disciplines. Includes psychiatric aspects of neurological disease and the pathologies of memory, intelligence, perception, and motor function. Oscar-Berman, staff. 4 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS BN 777  Basic Neurosciences

Fall Semester: Overview to include neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurobehavior, and neuropsychopharmacology.  Processes occurring at the cellular and physiological levels are related to known central nervous system dysfunction. Spring Semester: Review of brain function and selected topics such as Parkinson’s Disease, schizophrenia, neurotoxicology, aphasia, sleep, electrophysiology, and neuroimaging. This course is the same as GMS BN 778 (4 cr) and GMS BN 779 (2 cr), providing students with 32.5 hours of required course time. May not be taken concurrently with GMS BN 778 nor 779. Oscar-Berman, Zucker, staff. 3 cr, 1st or 2nd sem.

GMS BN 778  Basic Neurosciences Survey

Fall Semester: Overview to include neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurobehavior, and neuropsychopharmacology. Processes occurring at the cellular and physiological levels are related to known central nervous system dysfunction. Spring Semester: Review of brain function and selected topics such as Parkinson’s Disease, schizophrenia, neurotoxicology, aphasia, sleep, electrophysiology, and neuroimaging. This course is the same as GMS BN 777 (3 cr) and GMS BN 779 (2 cr), providing students with 50 hours of required course time. May not be taken concurrently with GMS BN 777 nor 779. Oscar-Berman, Zucker, staff. 4, cr, 1st & 2nd sem. (2 sem. course).

GMS BN 779  Beginning Basic Neurosciences

Fall Semester: Overview to include neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, neurobehavior, and neuro-psychopharmacology. Processes occurring at the cellular and physiological levels are related to known central nervous system dysfunction. Spring Semester: Review of brain function and selected topics such as Parkinson’s Disease, schizophrenia, neurotoxicology, aphasia, sleep, electrophysiology, and neuroimaging. This course is the same as GMS BN 777 (3 cr) and GMS BN 778 (4 cr), providing students with 25 hours of required course time. May not be taken concurrently with GMS BN 777 nor 778. Oscar-Berman, Zucker, staff. 2 cr, 1st or 2nd sem.

GMS BN 780 Behavioral and Biological Aspects of Stress and Trauma

This course provides an overview of theory and research on stress and trauma, with attention to biological, psychological, and social factors. Special emphasis placed on gender issues, developmental factors, psychopathology, and physical health. Keane, staff. 2 cr, on demand.

GMS BN 782 Forensic Practice in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience

This course is taught by neuroscientists, physicians, lawyers, and judges, in an informal, collaborative atmosphere. Instruction will provide students with an introduction to the emerging role of psychology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, and behavioral neurology in the law and judicial proceedings. Topics covered are malingering; competency to stand trial, testify, and be executed; eyewitness identification; sociopathy; insanity defense; criminal culpability in children, and biological basis and treatment of violence.    Oscar-Berman, Spiers, Greenberg, staff. 4cr, 2nd sem.

GMS BN 793 Adult Neurologic Communication Disorders

An overview of acquired, adult neurologic communication disorders for purposes of identification and differential diagnosis. Discussion of the neuronanatomical bases for communication (within a cognitive framework) will be followed by a review of aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, alexia, agraphia, stuttering, palilalia, and mutism, as well as disorders associated with right hemisphere strokes, closed head injury, and progressive diseases. Albert. 4 cr, 1st sem, on demand.

GMS BN 794 Brain Asymmetry: Functional and Structural Differences Between Hemispheres

The distinctive roles of the left and right hemispheres are reviewed; first by examining alterations in language and nonverbal behavior under conditions of brain damage; and second, by examining techniques used to investigate functional asymmetry in the normally intact brain. Prather. 2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS BN 795 Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Perception

The study of normal and abnormal perception and memory as related to brain structure and function. This seminar covers theoretical and clinical issues about how abilities change in normal and abnormal (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) conditions, using a variety of methods.  Budson, 4 cr, 1st or 2nd sem, on demand.

GMS BN 796 Neuropsychological Assessment I

Overview of structure and function of the central nervous system. Emphasis on quantitative and qualitative analyses of standardized and experimental tests of cognitive functions useful in differential diagnosis of neurological syndromes with an emphasis on the Boston Process Approach to neuropsychological evaluation. Krengel, Grande. 4 cr, 1st sem.

GMS BN 797 Neuropsychological Assessment II

Continuation of GMS BN 796 Neuropsychological Assessment I. Krengel, Grande. 4 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS BN 798 Functional Neuroanatomy in Neuropsychology

Overview of central nervous system, structure and function; basic understanding of neurobehavioral symptoms and their relationship to neuropathology, neuroepidemiology, including vascular infections, and congenital, degenerative, and toxic insults to the central nervous system, and will include laboratory examination of a specimen of a human brain. Appropriate for psychologists, speech pathologists, or other students in the behavioral sciences. LaVecchia. 4 cr, 1st sem.

GMS BN 821 Seminar in Neuroimaging

Overview of neuroimaging techniques available as adjuncts to neuropsychological measures of human brain damage. Intended for students with limited background in the application of neuroimaging techniques for the study of neuropsychiatric illnesses.  Techniques, including PET, SPECT, MEG, MRI, fMRI, DTI and MRS, will be covered with relevance to selected neuropsychiatric diseases. Oscar-Berman, Silveri. 2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS BN 891(A1, B1, C1), 892(A1, B1, C1) Case Studies in Neuropsychology

BN 891(A1): Neurobehavioral Considerations in Addictions and Neurotoxicology.  Krengel, 2 cr, 1st sem.

BN 891(B1) and 892(B1): Neurobehavioral Disorders.  Grande, 2 cr, 1st and 2nd sem.

BN 892(C1): Neurobehavioral Consequences of Neurological Disease.  LaVecchia, Krengel, 2 cr, 2nd sem.

GMS BN 893 Child Clinical Neuropsychology

Covers general theoretical issues (e.g., intrauterine and postnatal development of the brain, handedness and lateralization of function, and recovery of function and neurobehavioral plasticity); diagnostic entities (e.g., attention deficit disorder, effects of early brain damage, developmental language disorders, dyslexia, and effects of malnutrition); and assessment and treatment (development of attention, social, spatial abilities, and language). Prather. 4 cr, on demand.

GMS BN 991, 992 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience Staff. Variable cr

GMS BN 791, 792 Directed Studies in Behavioral Neuroscience Staff. Variable cr

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