Neuroscience Faculty


Elaine Day
Director of the Neuroscience Minor
Associate Professor of Biology
509 Shoemaker Hall
662-915-5444 |
Research: behavioral neuroscience: evolution & neuroplasticity of brain regions


Jeffery Bednark
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Peabody 301D
Research: Cognitive neuroscience, conservation psychology, sense of agency, behavioral change and learning, neuroscience in the classroom


Richard Buchholz
Associate Professor of Biology
104 Shoemaker Hall
662-915-5012 |
Research: animal behavior: host-parasite interactions, conservation biology


Alberto J. del Arco
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
233 Turner Center
Phone: 662-915-5528 |
Research: behavioral neuroscience,: neurophysiology of stress and psychiatric disorders in animal models


Robert Doerksen 
Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
421 Fraser Hall
662-915-5880 |
Research: computational medicinal chemistry



Sharday Ewell
Assistant Professor of Biology
414 Shoemaker Hall
662-915-7203 |
Research: biology education research, metacognition, self-regulated learning, culturally relevant pedagogy, neurobiology, protein trafficking



Carolyn Wiles Higdon
Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
308 George Hall
Phone: 662-915-5122 |
Research: assistive technology; augmentative communications; autism & early intervention; communicative & central auditory processing disorders; evidence based medicine & clinical outcomes; laryngectomy; medical voice issues; spasmodic, oral, & pharyngeal dysphagia; pharmacology & communication disorders


Toshikazu IkutaTossi Ikuta
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
311 George Hall
662-915-5121 |
Research: neuroimaging, dopaminergic cognitive modulation, human brain genetics, auditory & language processing, computationa; modeling


Mika Jekabsons
Associate Professor of Biology
110 Shoemaker Hall
662-915-3998 |
Research: cell biology: bioenergetics, apoptosis, metabolism


Bradley Jones
Associate Professor of Biology
122 Shoemaker Hall
Phone 662-915-1700 |
Research: cell biology: cell differentiation, nervous system development, drosophila genetics


Myriam Kornisch
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
2301 South Lamar Blvd, Suite 1200, Office NE 1635
Phone 662-915-3074 |
Research: cognitive neuroscience – executive functions, motor control, fluency disorders (stuttering), bilingualism, child language development


LearyChristopher Leary
Assistant Professor of Biology
424 Shoemaker Hall
662-915-1087 |
Research: animal behavior: acoustic communication, reproductive endocrinology, neurobiology


Teresa Lefmann
Assistant Professor of Social Work
212 Longstreet
Phone: 662-915-7336 |
Research: epigenetics, infant brain development, neuroscience, prenatal stress, and social work


Paul Loprinzi
Associate Professor of Exercise Science 
229 Turner Center
Research: examining the effects and mechanisms through which acute exercise influences memory function

Associate Professor of Psychology
301C Peabody
662-915-3461 |
Research: Human Memory, The Effects of Social Influences on Cognitive Processes, Eye-witness Testimony

Todd Smitherman
Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training
214 310D Peabody
662-915-7203 |
Research: Psychological and behavioral influences in migraine and other chronic headache disorders; stress and sleep in pain


Gregory Snyder
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders
310 George Hall
662-915-1202 |
Research: genetic and neurological study of fluency disorders, motor theory & neurosciences, perception & production of language


Roy ThurstonRoy Thurston
Assistant Professor of Special Education
306 Guyton Hall
662-915-1781  |
Research: traumatic brain injury, neuroscience applications in education


Dwight Waddell
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
302 Anderson Hall
Phone 662-915-7231 |
Research: cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology, neuronmechamics/biomechanics, computer brain interfaces, engineering design


Dr. WishonDonovan Wishon
Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion
015 Bryant Hall
662-915-5443 |
Research: philosophy of mind/consciousness, philosophy of language, history of analytic philosophy