Model of human brain


Virginia Tech is committed to the study of brain plasticity as it pertains to decision-making, physical and psychological trauma, and development across the lifespan. We are building on the transdiciplinary expertise of our faculty to understand the brain-behavior relationship on health and the human condition. Our goal is to enhance resiliency and well-being in our diverse community and beyond.  Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities.

Faculty Recruitment

Over the next five years, Virginia Tech is strategically investing in hiring innovative and collaborative faculty to advance its vision to grow beyond boundaries as a premier 21st-century global land-grant institution through our Destination Areas initiative. 

There are a number of current opportunities available for new faculty to interact with the Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area.

Stakeholder Committee

  • Sheryl Ball (Economics, College of Science)
  • Martha Ann Bell (Psychology, College of Science)
  • Warren Bickel (Psychology, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)
  • Pearl Chiu (Psychology, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)
  • Stefan Duma (Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, College of Engineering)
  • Mike Fox (Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)
  • Matt Hulver (Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)
  • Read Montague (Physics, Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)
  • Sally Morton (Dean, College of Science)
  • Harald Sontheimer (Neuroscience, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and College of Science)
  • Michelle Theus (Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Anisa Zvonkovic (Human Development and Family Science, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences)
  • Program Manager: Denise Friedman