Dr. Catherine L. Franssen is the director of the NeuroStudies minor and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. A broadly trained neuroscientist, her current research is in behavioral neuroendocrinology- examining how environmental enrichment can reduce stress & anxiety, and improve cognition. Her research has been published in the academic journals Nature, Neuroscience, Brain Research, Stress, Journal of Neuroendocrinology, and other top journals, as well as featured in several popular press books. Franssen holds a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Franssen teaches a variety of classes including Introduction to Biopsychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Psychopharmacology, Hormones and Behavior, and Psychobiology of Stress. Dr. Franssen's mission is to make neuroscience approachable, interesting, and applicable to everyone.