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Biological Psychopathology

Over the last 20 years, a revolution in the study of the biological bases of normal behavior and psychopathology has led to a dramatic shift in psychopathology research toward etiologic models with a neurobehavioral emphasis. As a result, most medical schools, through their neuroscience and psychiatry departments, now rest on a biological focus for their behavioral training programs. Most psychology departments, on the other hand, have continued to study psychopathology almost exclusively from psychosocial and cognitive perspectives. The Department of Psychology at Minnesota is nearly unique in that it has included an emphasis on biological processes in its approach to the study of abnormal behavior having roots going back four decades when a behavioral genetics training program led the nation in studying the behavioral genetics of human psychopathology. This distinctively Minnesotan approach to clinical problems was formally acknowledged and expanded with the creation of the Biological Psychopathology Training Program in 1995. Our goal is to produce psychologists who take a biological approach to the study of psychopathology within the conceptual framework provided by psychological science. Minnesota's faculty, distinguished for its contributions to the study of psychopathology from a biological perspective, is extraordinarily well suited to offer high-quality training in this important area of specialization.

**The Biological Psychopathology program does not provide training in clinical assessment or intervention, please see the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research program for this training.**


Affiliated Faculty

Emeritus Professors

Area Director

Colin DeYoung
Program Director
N422 Elliott Hall

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