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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


David Austin

Dr. Austin is not interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2019.

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • neurodegenerative disorders
  • neuroscience
  • statistics and research methods

Professional Biography

Under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Weatherly, I earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of North Dakota in Experimental Psychology.  During my tenure as a graduate student, I focused on the areas of Statistics, Research Methods, Learning and Memory, Physiology, and Neuroscience.  For the most part, my research utilized animal models to study the effects of common farm pesticides on motor development, the behavioral neuroscience behind common afflictions such as Parkinson’s disease, and hormonal effects on behavioral development.  My teaching experience has been fairly broad, ranging from Statistics and Research Methods to Cognitive Psychology and Perception.  I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to instruct students at the University of North Dakota, the University of Minnesota - Crookston, and here at the University of Denver. 


  • PhD, University of North Dakota
  • BS, Montana State University - Billings

Selected Publications

  • Austin, D.P., Weatherly, J.N., Brown-Borg, H.M., & Ferraro, F.R. (2015). Learning and memory in an animal model of longevity: The Ames dwarf mice.  Manuscript in preparation.

  • Austin, D.P., Weatherly, J.N., Brown-Borg, H.M., & Ferraro, F.R. (2015). Age-related motivational differences in Ames dwarf mice.  Manuscript in preparation.

  • Austin, D.P. (2015). Behavioral effects, cognitive effects, and the underlying physiology of marijuana use.  Manuscript in preparation.

  • Austin, D.P., Ferraro, F.R., & Kerzman, R., Petros, T.V., Weatherly, J.N. (2009). Factors that influence subjective time: Gender, type of person, and time of day? In A.M. Columbus (ed.) Advances in Psychology Research, Vol 57. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publications, Inc.

  • Derenne, A., Arsenault, M.L., Austin, D.P., & Weatherly, J.N. (2007). Weaver mutant mice exhibit long-term learning deficits under several measures of instrumental behavior. Physiology and Behavior, 92, 1002-1009.

  • Weatherly, J.N., Austin, D.P., & Farwell, K. (2007).  The role of “experience” when people gamble on three different video-poker games.  Analysis of Gambling Behavior, 1, 17-27.

  • Weatherly, J.N., Nurnberger, J.T., Austin, D.P., & Wright, C.L. (2006). Making the sour sweet? Upcoming food-pellet reinforcement produces positive induction when rats respond for unsweetened lemon juice. Learning and Motivation, 37, 379-390.