Dr. Robert E. Clark is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, in Residence, and Neurosciences at the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego. He is a Research Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego and a fellow at the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, at the University of California, Irvine. He was born in 1964 in Denver Colorado. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Regis University in Denver Colorado in 1988 and his Ph.D. degree in Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles California in 1994. Dr. Clark did postdoctoral study at the University of California, San Diego.

Research Focus

Dr. Clark’s investigates the organization and neurological foundations of learning and memory. His work involves the study of rodents and combines the traditions of cognitive science and neuroscience. He has developed a model of human amnesia in the rat which involves the use of numerous behavioral tasks designed to measure memory in the rat and excitotoxic lesions, radiofrequency lesions and sustained reversible lesions of various brain structures. He also investigates the cognitive factors that are related to successful eyeblink classical conditioning in healthy human volunteers and neurological patients.