Bill Griesar, Ph.D.

Instructor/Outreach Coordinator, Neuroscience and Psychology
Phone: (360) 546-9720
Located in Classroom (VCLS) 208Q
Office Hours: 10:45 - 11:45am, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Support Staff: Janet DeWitt

I love teaching, and explaining how networks of linked neurons carry out complex cognitive behavior.  I'm now a full time intructor and outreach coordinator, but I've served as an adjunct faculty member at WSU-Vancouver since 2001...

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 undergraduates and graduate students at WSU-V, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and Portland Community College, I routinely bring brains (rat, monkey, human) to K-8 classrooms at Sabin, Harrison Park and Jason Lee, and to students at Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, Parkrose, and other Portland and Vancouver area public high schools.

I've developed collaborative relationships with area educational institutions, and can offer neuroscience outreach opportunities for undergraduates and graduates from WSU-V and elsewhere.  For more information on teaching science in the public schools, please download a syllabus for a summer internship course (Neuro 499) from the list below.

More details on neuroscience outreach opportunities are available at the following website... 

(And when my kids get annoyed with each, they often blame it on their amygdala... : )


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
PSYCH 265 (HYBRID) Biopsychology of Alcohol and Other Drugs Tuesdays 9:10 - 10:25am Spring 2015
PSYCH 473 Advanced Biological Basis of Behavior Tu,Th 10:35 - 11:50am VUB 121 Spring 2015
NEURO 499 SPRING Teaching Practicum Tu,Th 10:35 - 11:50am, selected weeks during spring term 2015 TBA Spring 2015
NEURO 499 SUMMER Teaching Practicum: Neuro/art outreach Details to be announced Summer (late 6 week) (syllabus from Summer 2014; new syllabus available soon)
UCORE/NEURO 150 (NON-MAJORS TOO :) Art and the Brain Tu,Th 12:00 - 1:15pm TBA Fall (planned for 2015; syllabus from fall, 2014 attached)

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