Neuroscience of Psychiatric Disorders

III. August 8–12, 2022
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10 –11:00 a.m. and 1:10–3:00 p.m.
Anamaria Alexandrescu, Alexander Goldberg, Hameda Khandaker
One year of high school biology  

“ I feel closer to my dream of being in the field of neuroscience, and I caught a glimpse of what that could look like.” – Melina A. | Brooklyn, New York

Course Description

Neuroscience is the study of the neural processes and mechanisms underlying human function and behavior. It is an interdisciplinary field that combines the ideas explored in the field of psychology with the science that governs the brain and body. In order to understand the etiology of disorders such as addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia, it is crucial to understand how molecular, cellular, and endocrine changes contribute to disease progression.

In this course, students learn about how the laws of neurons and neurotransmitters direct brain processes. Class time is devoted to interactive lectures, discussions, and assignments designed to help students understand the neuroscience of addiction, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Outside of class, students explore case studies of neuropsychiatric disorders so as to fully understand the extent of debilitation and possibilities for recovery.


Anamaria Alexandrescu

Anamaria Alexandrescu is a postdoctoral teaching fellow at New York University (NYU). She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the NYU School of Medicine and a B.S. in neuroscience from Florida Atlantic University. In her undergraduate career she was involved in research on the molecular mechanisms of stroke at FAU and on the neurobiology of schizophrenia at the University of Pennsylvania. In her doctoral research Anamaria researched the neurobiology of learning and memory, focusing on molecular mechanisms that contribute to synaptic plasticity underlying long-term memory formation. Her current research interests are located at the intersection between neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and education. She has taught high school and undergraduate neuroscience courses at Columbia, NYU, Fordham, and Yeshiva University. 

Alexander Goldberg

Alexander (Elie) Goldberg is pursuing a joint MD/PhD through Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia's Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior. He holds an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College. Elie's current research is focused on brain tumor associated epilepsy--understanding the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon with the aim of uncovering new treatment options for patients. He has taught science and mathematics at various educational levels, and mentors students interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine. 

Hameda Khandaker

Hameda Khandaker writes for a New York City medical communications company. She holds a Ph.D. in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Hameda completed her thesis on how curcumin, the primary ingredient in the spice turmeric, enhances adult neurogenesis and neurogenesis-dependent learning. She has taught various courses in psychology and neuroscience to college and high school students.

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