Ottawa-Carleton Joint Program
The specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience is offered jointly as a collaborative program by the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and the Institute of Neuroscience (Departments of Psychology and Biology) at Carleton University.
Behavioural Neuroscience is the study of the relation between behaviour and the nervous system. This specialty cuts across many disciplines and incorporates such areas as anatomy, neurobiology, pharmacology, physiology, psychiatry and psychology. While individual researchers usually specialize in a particular area, behavioural neuroscientists must also be able to appreciate significant research in the other relevant fields and therefore require an understanding of the basics of other relevant disciplines.
Training in behavioural neuroscience extends beyond the boundaries of traditional departments. In order to augment the scope of training provided, faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry (Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), Royal Ottawa Hospital), working in the area of neuroscience, participate in teaching, research training and student supervision. Furthermore, members from various other departments at the University of Ottawa (e.g. Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Department of Biology) may also participate in teaching and research supervision.
The primary participating units are:
The program operates within the general framework of the regulations and procedures for Joint Graduate Programs and the general regulations of the graduate faculty at each of the two universities. The general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa are posted on the FGPS website.
- The Institute of Neuroscience (Departments of Psychology and Biology) at Carleton University.
- The School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.