Alev Erisir

Professor & Chair

Department of Psychology

University of Virginia


I received an MD degree from Istanbul University School of Medicine in 1986, and a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1996. After postdoctoral training appointments in NYU Center for Neural Science and New York Medical School, Department of Physiology, I moved to University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology in 2000. I became tenured Associate Professor in 2007 and Professor in 2013. I have been serving as the chair of my department since 2016.

My lab is equipped as a systems neuroanatomy, electron microscopy, quantitative morphology and connectomics facility. The courses I teach at the undergraduate and the graduate level include Neural Mechanisms of Behavior (PSYC 4200); Psychobiology Lab (PSYC3210); Forum on Professional Conduct and Scientific Ethics (PSYC8040); Neural Mechanisms (PSYC7200); Psychopharmacology; and Plasticity.

Contact Information

382A Gilmer Hall (office)
378/374 Gilmer Hall (lab)
102 Gilmer Hall (department chair office)
p: 434-243-3549
Office Hours
Indicated on individual course syllabus or advising calendar, or by appointment via email