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Bill Griesar, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • SPHR 461/561 Neurology of Speech & Hearing
  • PSYCH 410 Neuroscience Outreach (for those interested in teaching science)

Professional Affiliation:

  • Instructor, Psychology, Portland State University
  • Adjunct Instructor, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Portland State University
  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, Washington State University - Vancouver
  • Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University

Contact Information:



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

Curriculum Vitae:

Professional Background & Interests:

I like teaching, and explaining how networks of linked neurons carry out complex cognitive behavior.  My dissertation research 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 had reported cognitive improvements, but assessed these changes in habitual smokers, where results may have been linked to relief from withdrawal effects.  I carried out this research in Dr. Barry Oken's lab. In addition to teaching at WSU and PSU, I supervise a teaching practicum for Behavioral Neuroscience graduate students, and I routinely bring brains (rat, monkey, human) to K-12 classrooms in the Vancouver and Portland Public Schools.  In the summer, I supervise graduates and undergraduates from PSU, WSU-V, OHSU and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, who develop and deliver month long programs on the brain and behavior to PPS students. For more information on these efforts, and to learn how to get involved, please visit: 

And if my son Jack gets annoyed with his older brother Dominic, or vice versa, they each blame it on their amygdalae (..!)