The Grunberg Research Lab

Uniformed Services University

Medical & Clinical Psychology: The Grunberg Research Lab

Grunberg Lab Group


Dr. Grunberg and his research team have been studying appetitive behaviors and stress since 1980. We use a psychobiological approach to study clinical topics relevant to public health and military medicine. We primarily use animal models to conduct true experiments (with control groups and manipulation of independent variables), and also conduct human experiments and studies. Our laboratory is best known for work on tobacco, nicotine, and stress conducted over the past 35 years. 

Recently, we turned our attention to the study of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We are conducting animal and human studies. We are particularly interested in psychological approaches to attenuate deleterious effects of mTBI and PTSD, including service dog training programs.

We also are studying leadership in the context of healthcare. We have developed a conceptual framework (the FourCe-PITO model) that we are using to train medical students, nursing students, and graduate students in leadership and we are developing assessment tools to evaluate individual and group leadership performance.

In addition to the work conducted in our laboratory by Ph.D. students and research scientists, we provide consultation regarding behavioral measures, psychological principles, and analysis of psychobiological data, and collaborate with investigators from a wide range of medical disciplines. Current collaborations include faculty members in the USU F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine Departments of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics; Anesthesiology; Neurology; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Pathology; Pharmacology; Pediatrics; Psychiatry; faculty members in the USU Graduate School of Nursing; health-care professionals at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and scientists at the National Institutes of Health.


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Neil E. Grunberg Scientific Family Tree

Dr. Grunberg's Scientific "Family Tree"