Dan McCloskey is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the College of Staten Island, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) where he is a member of the Center for Developmental Neuroscience. He holds doctoral appointments at the CUNY Graduate Center in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. Dr. McCloskey received his PhD in Biological Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2003. He uses a combination of computationally-intensive approaches to study animal behavior, quantitative neuroanatomy, and single cell and network level electrophysiology.


  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental and Social Influences on Brain and Behavior


  • PhD in Integrative Neuroscience, 2003

    Stony Brook University

  • BA in Psychology, 1997

    SUNY College at Oswego


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Meet the Team



Dan McCloskey

Professor of Psychology

Behavioral Neuroscience, Evolutionary Biology, Environmental and Social Influences on Brain and Behavior

Grad Students


Kelly Brennan

Graduate Student

Behavioral Neuroscience, Schizophrenia, Neuropsychology


Candide Gainyo

Graduate Student

Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, Brain Evolution


Nada Shedid

Graduate Student

Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental and Structural Brain Development leading to disorders., Environmental and Social Influences on Brain and Behavior


Xavier Geoffroy

Graduate Student

Developmental, Molecular, Behavioral, & Social Neurosciences, Electrophysiology, Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders



Corey Plate

Undergraduate Student

Neurophysiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychopathology, Moral Development, Quantum Mechanics


Lina Louisor

Undergraduate Student

Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Craniosynostosis, Spina Bifida


Samantha Narvaez

Undergraduate Student

Behavioral Neuroscience, Epilepsy, Animal Behavior



Margherita Sansone

Lab Manager

Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy, Neuropsychology

Lab Alumni

Amaney Hassan

Lab Alumni

Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuron Mophometry, Animal Behavior

Keegan Fernandes

Medical Student- OMS3

Animal Behavior, Neurodevelopmental disabilities, Tumor supressor markers, Behavioral Neuroscience

Naomi Gaggi

PhD Candidate in Neuroscience

Behavioral Neuroscience, Functional Neuroimaging, Brain Injuries, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nicole Lukovsky-Akhsanov, DVM, MPH, DACLAM

Veterinary Medical Officer

Animal welfare, Infectious Disease (high- consequence pathogens), Regulatory medicine, Health Science Policy

Victoria Castagna

Research Coordinator

Animal Behavior, Brain Imaging, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Behavioral Neuroscience