Neurological & Behavioral Health

Helping people through neurological research

Our faculty and researchers are working to expand our knowledge of how neurological processes affect rehabilitation and how modifications in behavioral health can lead to faster, more complete recoveries.

Whether they’re studying the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, researching ways in which behavior modification can affect substance abuse recovery, or developing new robot-assisted therapy techniques, their work has the potential to improve quality of life for people across the state and the world.

Explore programs related to this research

Studying methods to improve motor skills

SHHS faculty are using noninvasive brain stimulation to measure the neuroplasticity of a variety of motor tasks ranging from dart throwing to video game playing. Every motor skill offers a different insight into the regions and mechanisms of brain plasticity.

Ultimately, the goal is to determine the fastest and most efficient way to improve motor skills, leading to faster rehabilitation for patients recovering from an injury or disorder. The results of this study could also help high-level athletes improve their skills at a faster rate.


Neurological and behavioral health researchers have access to the Translational Neuroscience Lab in Coleman Hall.

They also have a wide variety of equipment available to them, including:

  • AlgoMed Computerized Pressure Algometer (Medoc Advanced Medical Systems)
  • Q-Sense/Small Fiber Test (Medoc Advanced Medical Systems)
  • TSA II NeuroSensory Analyzer (Medoc Advanced Medical Systems)
  • VersaCool Refrigerated Circulating Bath (Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.)
  • Von Frey Filaments