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On July 15, Dickinson announced that the fall 2020 semester will be remote. Campus is closed to visitors who do not have an approved appointment. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

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Faculty Profile

Anthony Rauhut

Professor of Psychology (2002)

Contact Information

Kaufman Hall Room 173


Professor Rauhut's program of research involves using animal models to understand the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the comorbidity of depression and drug dependence.


  • B.A., St. Louis University, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1999

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

PSYC 315 Rsch Meth in Drugs & Behavior
Permission of instructor required.

PSYC 480 The Biology of Mental Illness
The Biology of Mental Illness: From Movies to Memoirs. Is clinical depression a brain disease? Do clinically depressed individuals suffer from a “chemical imbalance”? Is clinical depression best treated with antidepressant medications? For better-or-worse, modern psychiatry has answered “yes” to these questions. Yet, is this the “correct” answer? Is conceptualizing mental illnesses such as clinical depression and drug addiction as brain diseases correct and are biologically-focused therapies the best strategy in the treatment of mental illness? Clinical Neuroscience is a new and exciting subfield of neuroscience, one that focuses on the understanding of mental illness from a neurobiological perspective. In this course, we will review mental illness from a neurobiological perspective, focusing on how modern neuroscientific research has helped inform us about the etiology, prognosis and treatment of mental illness. Along the way, we discuss “other” perspectives (popular and first-person) on mental illness and how these other, non-scientific perspectives contribute to our understanding (or misunderstanding) of mental illnesses. We too will critically evaluate the neuroscientific perspective, discussing the limitations and problems associated with this approach to the understanding of mental illness. Finally, modern neuroscience has given way (and continues to give way) to new technologies (brain scans, designer drugs, etc.) for use in clinical as well as non-clinical settings. While the emergence of these new technologies has provided benefits to society, their use also raises ethical questions. For example, should medical drugs (e.g., Ritalin) be used/prescribed for non-medical reasons? In this course, we will discuss some ethical considerations that stem from the development of neuroscientifically-based technologies.

NRSC 500 Independent Study

PSYC 550 Independent Research

NRSC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch