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Phone: 765-494-6863


703 Third St
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Julia Chester

Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Associate Department Head

Areas of Expertise

  • Neuroscience
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Animal Models of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Genetics
  • Stress

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Neuroscience and Behavior


Recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024 admission


Dr. Chester’s research program focuses on the development and characterization of animal models as tools to identify biological and behavioral mechanisms that influence risk for alcohol use disorders and co-occurring conditions in order to improve the quality of human life. Through teaching, community and media engagement, and professional society advocacy work, Dr. Chester promotes public knowledge about neuroscience, research ethics, and the vital role that animal research plays in scientific discovery and the advancement of medicine. Dr. Chester’s research program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, Department of Defense, and Purdue University.


  • PhD, 1998, Oregon Health & Science University

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Psychological Sciences DEI committee

Current Courses

  • PSY 421 - Alcohol Use and Disorders
  • PSY 464 - Research Ethics in Psychological Sciences

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Seed for Success Award for Excellence in Research, Purdue University - 2018
  • Jane S. Link Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University - 2018
  • Book of Great Teachers, Purdue University - 2018
  • James C. Naylor Award for Teaching Excellence in Psychology, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University - 2016

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