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


Dean James C. Bartlett

Dr. James C. Bartlett serves as the interim dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS), a position to which he was appointed to in September 2015.

An Ashbel Smith Professor, Bartlett has served as program head of the PhD program in cognition and neuroscience and is a Fellow at the Center for Vital Longevity.

Bartlett received his bachelor’s degree from UT Austin and his PhD from Yale University. He has been a UT Dallas professor since 1975, the year that the school opened its doors to undergraduates. He previously has served as dean of graduate studies and research, as well as associate dean at the School of Human Development — the predecessor to BBS.

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas is an exciting place full of cutting edge discoveries, knowledgeable and caring professors, and students who are learning, growing and thriving.

Like many of my colleagues, I’ve always had a natural desire to discover things. I tell my students it’s like Christmas morning when they come in with new data from a completed experiment. I don’t know where that comes from — it’s just instinctive. It’s the kind of thing that brings real joy.

I hope all of our students will experience the same passion and excitement as they begin researching topics related to psychological sciences, communication sciences, and cognition and neuroscience.

Our school’s research is at the cutting edge of scientific study and our professors are known for their great teaching skills. We would love to talk with you about how the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences can help grow your own skills, as well as your passion for scientific discovery.

Dr. James C. Bartlett