Scott Burwell, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

Scott Burwell

Contact Info

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry

PhD, Psychology (Biological Psychopathology), University of Minnesota

MA, Psychology, University of Minnesota



Research Summary/Interests

Using electroencephalogram, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and genetically-informed data, my research aims to identify the brain mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of substance abuse and addiction. 


Academic Interests and Focus

My two main goals as an educator are to (1) make psychology and neuroscience concepts interesting, accessible, and relevant to students’ experiences, and (2) foster critical thinking about psychological and biological sciences that motivate students to gain perspective on certain issues that impact society.

Teaching Areas

Graduate Instructor (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN)

Adjunct Professor (St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN)


  • Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to General Psychology
  • Seminar: This is Your Brain on Drugs
  • Seminar: Legalize it(?): from Reefer Madness to Medical Marijuana
  • Seminar: "Smart Pills" and Cognitive Enhancement