Dr. Amanda Chicoli joined the Psychology department in 2019 as a lecturer. She is also the current research coordinator for the neuroscience major and the course director for NEUR305: Neural Systems and Circuits. Previously, she earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland where she used behavioral and computational approaches to study collective behavior and decision making in groups of fish. Upon graduation, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science where she used molecular, genetic, and whole-brain imaging to investigate the connectivity and function of the zebrafish dorsal habenulae. She is passionate about science education and is excited to be back at the University of Maryland! 


Courses taught at the University of Maryland, College Park:

  • NEUR305: Neural Systems & Circuits, offered every Spring and Fall semester
  • PSYC300: Research Methods in Psychology, Fall 2020
  • PSYC409: Topics in Neuroscience, offered every Fall semester
  • PSYC417:Data Science for Psychology and Neuroscience majors, Spring 2021
  • PSYC489P: Scientific Ethics and Integrity, Spring 2020
  • PSYC489R: Human & Animal Intelligence, Spring 2020, Spring 2021
  • BSCI353: Principles of Neuroscience, Fall 2018
  • BSCI454: Neurobiology Laboratory (co-instructor with Dr. Hilary Bierman), Fall 2019


  • PhD
    University of Maryland, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, 2016
  • BS
    Brooklyn College - CUNY, Biology, Psychology, 2010

Current Students

Former Students

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Department of Psychology
achicoli [at] umd.edu