Teaching at UNM

Psychology 240, Brain and Behavior (click here for recent Syllabus)

A general survey of the biological foundations of behavior. Topics include the neurobiology of movement, sensation, vision, language, and memory.

Psychology 344, Human Neuropsychology (click here for recent Syllabus)

This course is concerned primarily with the organization of the human brain, the manner in which the brain normally produces thoughts, feelings, movements, perceptions, memories, etc., and the manner in which neuropsychologists go about evaluating the consequences of brain disease, disorders, and repair. The course is intended for students with some exposure to the biological basis of behavior.

Psychology 345, Neuroscience of Aging & Dementia (click here for recent Syllabus)

A general survey of topics in the cognitive and brain sciences of aging and dementia. Topics include the etiology of dementia subtypes, treatment, management, and the socioeconomic impact of an increasingly older population demographic. 

Psychology 450, Neurobiology of Memory (scheduled for Fall 2020)

This special topic course will synthesize new research and theoretical investigation on the neurobiological basis of memory.

Psychology 450, Philosophy of Neuroscience (click here for recent Syllabus)

This special topic course is designed to critically examine the philosophical assumptions about mind-brain relationships that are foundational to the field of cognitive neuroscience.

Psychology 499, Independent Study

UNM undergraduates can learn about conducting psychobiology research by participating as a member of our research team. Academic credit is available to students who participate in this research opportunities by enrolling in PSY 499. Arrangements are made between the student and Dr. Clark. 


Community Outreach

Cultura Y Las Ciencias

September 2017 – The Clark Lab participated in an undergraduate resource fair about integrating culture into research hosted by the STEM collaborative Center!


UNM Discover Your Science

August 2017 – The Clark Lab along with Dr. Russ Morton participate in “Discover Your Science” hosted by the STEM collaborative Center.


Alzheimer’s Walk 2016

September 2016 – The Clark Lab at the Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” and Fundraiser Sponsored by Ambassador Ed Romero, Clara Apodaca, Ed Lujan, and Patricia and Rob Kurz

Special thanks to psychology students Elizabeth Sneddon and Laura Berkowitz for the fantastic job in organizing the events!  

And Special Thanks to Dr. Janice Knoefel from the UNM Memory & Aging Center who delivered an excellent talk on the importance of dementia research!



NeuroExpo ABQ Exhibit 2016

June 2016 – The “Spatial Navigation Station” at the NeuroExpo ABQ Exhibit – New Mexico Museum of Natural History

In this event, groups of all ages learned the different types of strategies involved in spatial navigation. Specifically, students devised a scavenger hunt whereby individuals were required to find items using various strategies (taxon-navigation, path integration, route learning, dead reckoning etc.). At each stop, individuals learned of the strategy they used and were taught about neural mechanisms that may contribute to the use of such tactics.

Pictured Below from Left to Right: Valerie Warthen, Elizabeth Sneddon, Lilliana Sanchez, Laura Berkowitz, Ryan Harvey, Shannon Thompson