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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Invest in BBS


Invest in BBSThe issues studied in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences are human issues. When our faculty and students make advances in our understanding of the mind and behavior, their discoveries have the potential to change lives.


As a school, we are committed to translating the latest research into treatments and intervention programs. This blend of science and clinical application adds depth to the education we offer students and provides a valuable community service.


Because research, education and treatment are interwoven in our program, when you support the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences you are touching the lives of our students, faculty, members of the community and beyond. We hope you will consider investing in BBS.


Please read on to learn about opportunities for giving. If you have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Pagett Gosslee at 972-883-2837 or email [email protected].




Opportunities for giving


Your annual support of the School for Behavioral and Brain Sciences helps us attract outstanding students, and recruit and retain renowned professors and researchers. Gifts to the following and other funds are truly necessary for excellent academic programs.


Buhrmester Student Development Fund

The Buhrmester Student Development Fund, created to honor Dr. Buhrmester's commitment to students, provides resources to aid students in their professional development.


Dean’s Fund

The Dean’s Fund allows the dean to provide funds where the need is greatest within the school whether it is for student or faculty programs.


Planned Giving

The Planned Giving program allows creative ways for you and your loved ones to support The University of Texas at Dallas.


Stillman Award

The Stillman Award for ComD students, established with an endowment gift in the fall of 2009, honors Dr. Robert D. Stillman, program head of communications disorders. It recognizes his devotion to the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders students since 1969. The award is given to outstanding students seeking a master of science in communication disorders.


Student Scholarship Endowment

The Student Scholarship Endowment aids undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences with tuition and books.


Susan and Jim Jerger Research in Audiology Fellowship

The Susan and Jim Jerger Research in Audiology Fellowship honors Drs. Susan and Jim Jerger for their outstanding contributions to the field of audiology. The fellowship supports the studies and research of exceptional audiology doctoral students at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.


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Community Outreach


The UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences is focused on the intersection of mind, brain and behavior. Our commitment to translating the latest research into treatments and intervention programs adds depth to the education our students receive and provides a valuable service to our community. Among the school’s many areas of study and diverse activities, there are four centers committed to leading our outreach efforts.

Community Outreach

Callier Center for Communications Disorders

The Callier Center is recognized as one of the nation’s finest educational, research and treatment centers focusing on communication and communication disorders. Since 1963, it has been a leader in providing in-depth, advanced evaluations and innovative treatments for children and adults with a wide variety of speech, language and hearing disorders.


Community outreach at the Callier Center includes:


  • Adult Social Communication Group, which supports young adults, with autism spectrum disorders, in developing important skills necessary for employment success.
  • Camp CARE, which gives children with craniofacial disorders the communication therapy they need in a fun setting.
  • The Bruton Conference Series educates parents of children with hearing loss and professionals in the field.
  • Program for adults regaining communication skills after a neurologic event.


Center for BrainHealth

The UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth’s mission is to understand the brain’s ability to restore or protect healthy brain function; to protect the brain from unnecessary mental decline; and, to heal the brain through treatments that regenerate brain function.


Community outreach at the Center for BrainHealth includes:


  • The Strategic Memory and Reasoning Training (SMART) program was designed to help teens with ADHD improve their critical reasoning skills. The program shows great promise for all teens, and the center is creating pilot programs for local middle schools.
  • The BrainHealth Physical is an exclusive brain assessment for healthy aging adults. The evaluation measures high-level cognitive and language abilities and provides an individual baseline of mental function and a means of proactively addressing cognitive concerns.
  • The Brain: An Owner’s Guide Lecture Series is an annual series open to the community about various topics concerning brain health. 


Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children and Families, established in 2008, promotes optimal child development by enhancing research, practice and outreach. The center offers clinical and community outreach activities organized around three initiatives: parenting healthy families, strengthening interpersonal relationships and enhancing thinking and learning.


Community outreach at the Center for Children and Families includes:


  • The Resource and Referral Program offers help and advice for parents who are concerned about a developing child or adolescent. The Community Liaison Specialist will offer consultation and referrals for services at UT Dallas and within the broader Dallas community.
  • The Infant Development Program offers professional developmental screenings for children from birth to 30 months of age and consultations with their parents. Referrals for early intervention services will be made for children who show significant delays.
  • The center's Annual Forum brings together researchers, educators, practitioners and the general public to focus on issues of importance in child development. The forum closes with a keynote speaker on the featured topic.

  • The center’s free Spring Lecture Series presents the latest child development research to parents and educators in the community.


Center for Vital Longevity

The Center for Vital Longevity is a research center focused on understanding and expanding the capacity of the aging mind. Center researchers use cutting edge brain imaging technologies and advances in cognitive science to understand (a) how the brain changes from young to old adulthood; (b) the consequences of neural aging for everyday function; and (c) what interventions show promise for slowing cognitive aging.


Already, the center's researchers are providing valuable community service through lectures on healthy aging. They also involve Dallas residents in their ongoing studies, like the Synapse study. The community will continue to benefit from its research and outreach as center grows and moves into a newly renovated space in the heart of Dallas.


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