Richard  Betzel

Richard Betzel

Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • Psychology Building 347
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  • Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington, 2015


I am an assistant professor at Indiana University in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science Program and an affiliate of the Program in Neuroscience. I'm starting my lab in the fall of 2018 and will be recruiting at all levels.

I did my postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Bioengineering and advised by Dani Bassett and earned my Ph.D. at Indiana University in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science where I was advised by Olaf Sporns. I graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a bachelor's degree in physics.

My research program focuses on understanding the general organizational and functional principles of connectomes – network maps of the connectivity among neurons, neuronal populations, and large-scale brain areas. A deeper knowledge of these principles gives us insight the connectome's role in shaping human behavior and cognition and helps reveal how abnormal connectivity can lead to disease. This research involves network modeling and analysis using a diverse set of mathematical tools that includes elements of graph theory, information theory, and dynamical systems theory.