School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas offers degrees in Child Learning and Development; Cognitive Science; Neuroscience; Psychology; and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Child Learning and Development program provides students a research-based approach to understanding child development as a preparation for careers as teachers, researchers, service providers, and policy makers. The Cognitive Science program provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the mind and behavior that incorporates methodology from the fields of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and computer science. The Neuroscience program provides students the opportunity to study the nervous system from a multidisciplinary approach that combines the study of brain structure, biochemistry, and physiology, and their links to behavior. The Psychology program provides basic training in the study of mind and behavior as preparation for graduate training in psychology, counseling and related fields, as well as providing courses that may be relevant to employment in human resources or research support positions. The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program offers study in the processes and disorders of speech, language and hearing. The program provides the foundation for graduate work leading to careers as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Students meeting B.S. degree and clinical practicum requirements are eligible for Texas state licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant.

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences offers a number of services and programs for students. Contact the Associate Dean's office for more information. The school provides Advising and Mentoring, including professional Academic and Career Advising along with Faculty and Peer Mentors. The Career Paths Program helps students establish their own career paths. It integrates career exploration, individualized career planning, internships, preparation for graduate school and post-graduation placement. The school Internship Placement Program is open to all students who have achieved junior or senior standing (more than 53 hours) and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Students earn course credit for working 8 hours per week at an approved community agency of their choice. The program has over 70 established placement sites. Students keep daily job diaries, attend one class meeting per month, and write brief papers relevant to their experiences.

The School Honors Program in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences provides eligible students with opportunities for in-depth experience in research and writing while working individually with members of the faculty. These opportunities enhance preparation for graduate school and employment in the student's chosen field. To earn BBS School Honors, students must graduate with (a) at least 30 graded hours at UT Dallas, (b) at least 12 hours in their BBS major core courses, (c) have an overall UT Dallas GPA of 3.40 or better, (d) pass the Honors Seminar (which is currently taught only in the spring semester), and (e) complete an honors thesis with a grade of at least B+. School Honors with Distinction will be awarded to students whose thesis is judged by a faculty committee to be of exemplary quality. Students apply for admission to the program in the Associate Dean's office after completing at least 15 semester credit hours at UT Dallas, including two major core courses, with a GPA of at least 3.40.


Professors: Hervé Abdi, Peter F. Assmann, James C. Bartlett, Thomas G.R. Bower, Thomas Campbell, Sandra Chapman, J. Michael Coleman (Professor and Dean Emeritus), Christine Dollaghan, W. Jay Dowling, Richard M. Golden, John Hart, Susan W. Jerger, William F. Katz, Aage R. Møller, Bert S. Moore, Alice J. O'Toole, Margaret T. Owen, Denise C. Park, Karen Prager, Ross J. Roeser, Michael Rugg, John W. Santrock, Melanie J. Spence, Robert D. Stillman, Linda Thibodeau, Emily Tobey, Hanna Ulatowska, Marion Underwood, Anne van Kleeck, Deborah Wiebe

Associate Professors:
Marco Atzori, Lawrence J. Cauller, Michael Kilgard, Robert L. Rennaker, Pamela Rollins, Bart Rypma, Lucien T. Thompson

Assistant Professors: Francesca Filbey, Cindy de Frias, Shayla Holub, Sven Krõener, Daniel Krawczyk, Jeffrey S. Martin, Mandy Maguire, Christa McIntyre, Candice Mills, Jonathan Ploski, Noah Sasson

Distinguished Scholar in Residence: James Jerger

Clinical Faculty: Michelle Aldridge, Cheryl L. Bryant, Jackie Clark, Carol Cokely, Lucinda Dean, Diane Garst, Karen Kaplan, Helen Kenedi, Janice Lougeay, Kenneth C. Pugh, Felicity Sale, Emily Touchstone, Lee Wilson

Clinical Professors:  John Stilwell

Senior Lecturers: Matthew Housson, Karen Huxtable-Jester, Nancy Juhn, Van Miller, Dana Roark, Toosje Vanbeveren