Bill Griesar, Ph.D.

Instructor/Outreach Coordinator, Neuroscience and Psychology
Phone: (503) 914-7487
Located in Classroom (VCLS) 116D Please knock loudly (the room is behind TWO locked doors
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30am (Fall 2016)
Support Staff: Janet DeWitt

I love teaching, and explaining how networks of linked neurons carry out complex cognitive behavior.  I'm currently 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 multiple area educational institutions, and along with my WSU and colleague Jeff Leake, I offer arts-integrated 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 also 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 Fall 2016
PSYCH 372 (HYBRID) Introduction to Biological Basis of Behavior Thursdays 9:10 - 10:25am Fall 2016
NEURO 150 (UCORE) Art and the Brain Tu,Th 10:35 - 11:50am, selected weeks during spring term 2015 Fall 2016
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 VUB 222 Spring 2016
NEURO 404 Neuroanatomy Tu,Th 12:00 - 1:15pm VUB 222 Spring 2016