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David Albeck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: David Albeck
Office Location: North Classroom NC 5008F
Phone: (303) 556-8565
Fax: (303) 556-6718
Office hours: by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Behavioral neuroscience studying the effects of senescence​​

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A., Psychololgy, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A., Psychology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado


Dr. Albeck studies age-related changes in behavior and brain processes, seeking ways to enhance cognition and overall quality of life into the elderly years. Converging lines of evidence are showing there are multiple types of behavioral adaptations people can adopt that improve their "healthspan," the healthy and highly functional years of life.

Select Publications

Allen, R.A., Uban, K.A., Atwood, E.M., Albeck, D.S., and Yamamoto, D.J. (2007) "Continuous intracerebroventricular infusion of the competitive NMDA receptor antagonist, LY235959, facilitates escalation of cocaine self-administration and increases break point for cocaine in Sprague-Dawley rats." Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 88(1):82-8.

Albeck, D.S., Sano, K., Prewitt, G.E., Dalton, L. (2006) "Mild forced treadmill exercise enhances spatial learning in the aged rat." Behavioural Brain Research, 168: 345-348.

Brennan, F.X., Albeck, D.S., and Paylor, R. (2006) "Fmr1 knockout mice are impaired in a leverpress escape/avoidance task." Genes, Brain and Behavior, 5: 467-471.

Albeck, D.S., Beck, K.D., Kung, L.H., Sano, K. and Brennan, F.X. (2005) "Leverpress escape/avoidance training increases neurotrophin levels in rat brain." Integrative Physiological and Biological Sciences, 40 (1):28-34

Albeck, D.S., Mesches, M.H., Juthberg, S., Browning, M., Bickford, P.C., Rose, G. M. and Granholm, A-Ch. (2003) "Exogenous NGF restores endogenous NGF distribution in the brain of the cognitively impaired aged rat." Brain Research, 967: 306-310.

Granholm, A-Ch., Ford, K.A., Hyde, L.A., Biomonte, H.A., Hunter, C.L., Nelson, M., Albeck, D.S, Sanders, L.A., Mufson, E.J., and Crnic, L.S. (2002) "Estrogen restores cognition and cholinergic phenotype in an animal model of Down syndrome." Physiology and Behavior, 77(2-3): 371-385.

Isacson, O., Seo, H., Lin, L., Albeck, D.S. and Granholm, A.C. (2002) "Alzheimer's disease and Down's syndrome: roles of APP, trophic factors and ACh." Trends in the Neurosciences, Feb;25(2):79-84.

Courses Taught

PSY 2090: Introduction to Statistics and Research Methods 

PSY 3263: Hormones, Brain and Behavior

PSY 3822: Aging, Brain and Behavior

PSY 4054: Behavioral Neuroscience