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Bill Griesar, Ph.D.
Bill Griesar, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland,OR 97207-0751

Office: Cramer Hall 309



Dr. Griesar loves teaching, and explaining how networks of linked neurons carry out complex behavior.  Dr. Griesar's dissertation in Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU examined nicotine effects on spatial attention, time perception, and boredom in non-smokers. Some earlier (pre-2001) studies of nicotine reported cognitive improvements, but assessed changes in habitual smokers, where results may have been linked to relief from withdrawal. Learn more about Dr. Bill Griesar's Professional Background & Interests on the Department of Psychology site.



Sc.B., Neural Sciences
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Ph.D., Behavioral Neurosciences
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon


Courses Taught:

  • UNST 132G Work of Art (w/ Jeff Leake)

  • PSYCH 410 Neuroscience Outreach (for those interested in teaching science in local public schools)

  • PSYCH 200 Psychology as Natural Science

  • PSYCH 347 Perception

  • PSYCH 451 Introduction to Neurophysiological Psychology

  • PSYCH 410 Advanced Neurophysiological Psychology

  • PSYCH 410 Psychopharmacology

Professional Affiliation

  • Senior Instructor, Psychology, Portland State University

  • Adjunct Instructor, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Portland State University

  • Adjunct Instructor, University Studies (Neuroscience of Creativity FRINQ), Portland State University

  • Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Neuroscience Coordinator, NW Noggin (

  • Member, Society for Neuroscience

  • PSU Chapter Representative, Oregon/Southwest Washington Society for Neuroscience