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The department of psychology at Rice University is launching a Ph.D. program in affective neuroscience (health emphasis).  My lab is accepting Ph.D. students this year.  We are dedicated to understanding the biobehavioral mechanisms underlying psychological and physical health disparities. As a team, we are interested in how stressful life events such as cancer, marriage, and bereavement affect one’s autonomic, neuroendocrine, and immune systems.

Rice University is a private research university located on a 295-acre (1.19 km2) campus in Houston, Texas, United States. The university is situated near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Rice is generally considered the top university and the most selective institute of higher education in the state of Texas.  It is ranked 15thnationally by U.S. News and World Report.  It was recently ranked number 1 for best quality of life and happiest student by Princeton Review.

Please click the link here to learn more about the program requirements and how to apply.

Qualified potential graduate students interested in working with Dr. Fagundes should contact him directly at christopher.fagundes@rice.edu to discuss options for mentorship.

Work Hour Expectations, a message from Dr. Fagundes — 

Unlike biologically-oriented labs, I am aware that some labs in psychology function virtually most of the time (e.g. post-docs and graduate students working from home and coffee shops).  Both empirical data and my anecdotal experiences have convinced me that there is substantial value for trainees to be in the lab/office during the work week.  Accordingly, I require graduate students to be in the lab 20 hours a week and post-docs to be in the lab 40 hours a week. Of course, exceptions are made for medical reasons; however, if you feel that you cannot handle being at work on a regular basis, I would encourage you to find training somewhere else.

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