Bill Griesar, Ph.D.

Instructor/Outreach Coordinator, Neuroscience and Psychology
Phone: (360) 546-9720
Located in Classroom (VCLS) 116D
Office Hours: 10:30 - 11:30am, 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 undergraduate volunteers and brains (rat, monkey, human) to K-12 classrooms in Portland, Vancouver and Evergreen Public 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 other  -  and now that they are teenagers, when they get annoyed with ME  -  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 VMMC 22 Fall 2015
PSYCH 372 (HYBRID) Introduction to Biological Basis of Behavior Thursdays 9:10 - 10:25am VMMC 22 Fall 2015
NEURO 150 (UCORE) Art and the Brain Tu,Th 10:35 - 11:50am, selected weeks during spring term 2015 VSCI 12 Fall 2015
NEURO 499 SUMMER Teaching Practicum: Neuro/art outreach MWTTh: 6/22 - 7/9 (9:15 - 10:20am; Course planning); 7/13 - 7/30 (9 - 11am; Course delivery) Various school sites in Portland and Vancouver Summer (late 6 week) 2015
PSYCH 473 Advanced Biological Basis of Behavior Tu,Th 10:35 - 11:50am TBA Spring 2016
NEURO 404 Neuroanatomy TBA Spring 2016

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