Professor Daniel Miller has a Ph.D. in psychology and neural science from Indiana University, an M.P.A. in health care administration from Long Island University, and a B.A. in psychology from Westminster College (New Wilmington, Pennsylvania). His current research interests involve the function of the cerebellum in stress vulnerable rats using the signaled leverpress avoidance task. In collaboration with Dr. Richard Servatius of the Stress and Motivated Behavior Institute at the Office of Veterans Affairs in Syracuse, New York, Prof. Miller and his students are using selective lesion and temporary inactivation techniques to study how discrete areas of the cerebellum contribute to facilitated avoidance learning in stress vulnerable rats compared to outbred controls. His human research interests include activation of stress response via enhanced CO2 administration, acquisition of escape and avoidance behavior during CO2 administration, and temperament and sex difference vulnerabilities in stress and anxiety disorders.
At Indiana University, Prof. Miller was a graduate student of Dr. Joseph Steinmetz from 1989 to 1994. While in the Steinmetz lab, his research focused on the function of the hippocampus in rabbit eyeblink conditioning and the neural substrates of appetitive and aversive signaled leverpressing in rats.
Prof. Miller joined the Carthage faculty in 1994.
Avoidance learning and classical eyeblink conditioning as model systems to explore a learning diathesis model of PTSD
Professor Miller and his collaborators at the New York Department of Veteran’s Affairs recently published a review article on their research on stress vulnerability. (Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, April 3, 2019)
Carthage Professor Presents Paper in Russia
Professor Miller will present some of his latest neuroscience research in Russia this week. (Kenosha News, May 14, 2019)
Professor Daniel Miller has a Ph.D. in psychology and neural science from Indiana University, an M.P.A. in health care administration from Long Island University, and a B.A. in psychology from Westminster College. His current research interests involve the function of the cerebellum in stress vulnerable rats using the signaled leverpress avoidance task.
Director, Neuroscience Department; Professor of Neuroscience
- Ph.D. — Psychology and Neural Science, Indiana University
- M.P.A. — Health Care Administration, Long Island University
- B.A. — Psychology, Westminster College
- NEU 2500 Research Methods in Neuroscience
- NEU 3950 Neuroscience II: Electrical and Chemical Properties
- NEU 4990 Senior Thesis Completion
- PSY 2100 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
What students say
“Dr. Miller has a great enthusiasm for his research and Neuroscience in general. He always keeps his classes entertained and no doubt has a vast knowledge that he is willing to share with his students.” — Tristin Nyman’13