Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Dr. Susan Courtney received her Bachelors degree in physics from Williams College in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She then did postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging methods at the National Institutes of Health. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Her research interests focus on the neural basis of higher cognitive function, specifically working memory, attention, and cognitive control. She uses cognitive testing, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and anatomical MRI including lesion studies of both grey and white matter to develop an integrated understanding of these dynamic neural systems. She is known as a pioneer in fMRI methods and as an expert on the functional organization of the prefrontal cortex. Most recently her research has centered on how the prefrontal cortex interacts with other brain regions, and how its organization and function are changed by learning and disease.