Neuroscience & Non-Communicable Diseases Seminar Series
Prof Terry L. Davidson (American University, Washington DC, USA)
TERRY L. DAVIDSON is founding Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Professor in the Department of Psychology at American University in Washington, DC. After completing his Ph.D. at Purdue University, Dr. Davidson became a Fellow of the Institute for Neurological Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, he was a member of the faculty at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, before returning to Purdue University where he attained the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. At Purdue, Dr. Davidson served as a Convener of the Graduate Neuroscience Program and later as founding Director of Purdue’s multidisciplinary Ingestive Behavior Research Center.
Dr. Davidson has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited books on the learned and neurohormonal controls of energy regulation, the neural basis of learning and memory, and on links between dietary factors that promote obesity and cognitive dysfunction. A current emphasis is on the disruptive effects of the Western dietary pattern on hippocampal-dependent memory processes that are involved with utilization of energy state information.
Dr. Davidson’s research has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1991. In addition, Dr. Davidson has served on numerous review panels and advisory groups for the NIH and other national and international scientific organizations. He received the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Other Professional Contributions in 2015 and in 2017 he received the American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship. Dr. Davidson also served as President of the Eastern Psychological Association from 2015-2016