Centre College Faculty

Melissa Burns-Cusato

Melissa Burns-Cusato

• Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
• Chair of Behavioral Neuroscience Program

Phone: 859-238-5384
E-mail: m.cusato@centre.edu
Office: Young Hall—215

Melissa Burns-Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006, and is an associate professor of psychology. In 2010, she was named a Centre Scholar. Before coming to Centre, Dr. Burns-Cusato taught in the psychology department at Texas Christian University, and then conducted post-doctoral research in the Neuroscience program at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Burns-Cusato’s research interests include the formation and maintenance of monogamous relationships in birds and the mechanisms involved in maintaining nesting behavior throughout a breeding season. Additionally, Dr. Burns-Cusato investigates anti-predator behavior of free-ranging Caribbean green monkeys while teaching Centre students field research techniques in Barbados.

She has published her research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Behavior, Physiology & Behavior, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Psychobiology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, and Genes, Brain, & Behavior.

She holds a B.A. degree in animal behavior from Southwestern University and a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin.

To read about her CentreTerm course in Barbados, “Research in Primate Behavior,” click here.

To read about a recent grant that Dr. Burns-Cusato received, click here.

File last updated: 5/2/13