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Behavioral Sciences Facility

Our Mission

The Behavioral Sciences Facility is a collaborative facility administered by the EHSC and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Center. The purpose of this Facility is to provide state-of-the-art equipment and expertise for the design, conduct, and interpretation of human and animal behavioral studies. The objectives are not only to administer established and well-validated procedures and tests, but also to develop and implement new behavioral paradigms. Consistent with the multidirectional and translational research goals of our Center, the Behavioral Sciences Facility encourages use of the same behavioral assays across species. The Behavioral Sciences Facility is led by Dr. Deborah Cory-Slechta, Deputy Director of the EHSC, and a thought leader in the field of neurotoxicology.


Deborah Cory-Slechta

Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD

Dr. Cory-Slechta has over 25 years of experience in animal and human behavioral testing. She has published over 130 papers describing the assessment of multiple behavioral domains in animals and human studies that range from young children to senior adults.

Marissa Sobolewski TerryMarissa Sobolewski Terry, PhD

Dr. Sobolewski has studied behavior across multiple species from rodents to chimpanzees in both the laboratory and in the field. This comparative research across species is critical to bidirectional translation for neurobehavioral disorders.

schemaThe Advantage of Bidirectionality Under One Roof

Having a multi-species proficient research group working on your project means that as your research data is being processed, we are able to make suggestions for translational work that might not be apparent to someone who is used to working with just one species.

To see the array of functional domains that can be tested across species, see our animal/human capabilities table.