Past Classes

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Brain, Mind, and Behavior: An Introduction to Neuroscience (MCB 61 / PSYCH 61)
Winter-Spring Semester, 1997 to present (2016) (enrollment: ~600 students per semester)
Online version (MCB w61), every Summer Session, 2008 to present (2016)
     Most recent syllabus: Brain, Mind, and Behavior, Winter-Spring 2016

Drugs and the Brain (MCB 62 / L&S 30 / PSYCH 19 or PSYCH 119)
College of Letters and Science Discovery Course
Fall Semester, 2000 to present (2015) (enrollment: ~600 students per semester)
     Most recent syllabus: Drugs and the Brain, Fall 2015

Consciousness: Buddhist and Neuroscientific Perspectives (Letters & Science 124)
Co-taught with Robert Sharf, UC Berkeley Buddhist Studies Program
College of Letters and Science Big Ideas Course
    Most recent syllabus: Consciousness, Winter-Spring 2014

Molecular Neurobiology and Neurochemistry (MCB 165)
Winter-Spring Semester, 1991 to 2013 (enrollment: ~100 students per semester)
     Most recent syllabus: Neurochemistry, Winter-Spring 2013

Matter, Mind, Consciousness (MCB 90E): Freshman Seminar
Every Semester, 2010 to present (2016) (enrollment: ~20 students per semester)

Music and the Brain (MCB 90E): Freshman Seminar
Every Semester, 2006 to 2010 (enrollment: ~20 students per semester)

Ethical Issues in Neuroscience (MCB 84): Sophomore Seminar
One-time course, taught in 2003 (co-taught with Richard Ivry, Psychology Department)

Foods, Drugs, Moods, and Mystics: Current Issues in Science, Health, and Policy (L&S 23)
One-time course, taught in 2001 (co-taught with Tom Carlson, Integrative Biology Department)

From Synaptic Pharmacology to Consciousness (MCB 290): Graduate Seminar
Periodically to ~12 students, last taught in 2007


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Dimensions of Silence in the Human Experience
Presented in collaboration with the Berkeley Art Museum and their exhibition on "Silence"
Co-faciltator with Susan Hoffman, Director of UCB OLLI, Winter 2013

Brain, Mind, Perception, and Consciousness
One-time course, taught in 2010 to ~120 students

Your Brain on Plants
One-time course, taught in 2008 to ~50 students


Extension Program, University of California, Berkeley

Practical Clinical Psychopharmacology: From A to Z (Adderall to Caffeine to Zoloft)
New class as of May 2014: plan to offer annually

Advances in Human Brain Science for Clinicians
Taught twice every year as a 7-hour (in one day) class

Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Problems
Formerly taught every year as a 2-day class, now taught periodically

Psychotropic Medications and Drugs of Abuse
Taught periodically as a 1-day class


Science for Monks

Contribute neuroscience education and curriculum development to a program working with Tibetan Buddhist monastics in India (2004 to present).


Postgraduate Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology, California School of Professional Psychology / Alliant University, San Francisco

Core faculty from the time of this program's inception in 1999, through 2010.
Provided foundational instruction in biochemistry, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, and chemical dependency.


Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, and University of California Medical School, San Francisco

Provided intenive clinical supervision and other instruction to APA psychology interns, UCSF medical students, and UCSF psychiatry residents (1990-2000)