Will J. Millard

Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Conditions of human pathology manifest in behavior; principles and techniques of pharmacology and their application to the study of the nervous system; the development of nonhuman analogues of human disorders, including anxiety

Will Millard is the author of several scientific articles. He has also presented his work in conferences around the world and has been invited to address numerous groups.

Millard's interests lie at the intersection of psychology and neuroscience and behavior. Currently, he is investigating the effects of neuroactive drugs on behavior, specifically the chemicals that cause or allay anxiety. Millard teaches courses that demonstrate his own psychological and behavioral interests: he offers an intermediate-level course, Biological Bases of Behavior; a senior-level, lab-intensive course, Behavioral Neuroscience; and a senior-seminar psychology course, Of Madness and Molecules: Seminar in Neuropsychopharmacology, which examines chemicals that have been widely used in treating mental illnesses.

In addition to teaching, Millard has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation, a recurring member of the Ford Foundation Fellowships Review Panel, a director of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, and an editorial consultant to several journals. He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Society and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

Courses Taught

  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Of Madness and Molecules: The Technology of Neuro-Psychopharmacology
  • Statistics
  • Bon Appetit! Food, Appetite, and Culture

Current Research and Interests

The comparative analyses depart from principles and techniques of pharmacology and their application to the study of neural tissue. Present researches include the study of genetic and environmental determinants of anxiety in laboratory animals.