Wesley P. Jordan

Professor Emerit of Neurosciences and Psychology

Wesley P. Jordan


Wesley P. Jordan retired as a professor of neurosciences and psychology in 2017, after 35 years of service to the College. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Jordan served in various roles including department chair, chair of the Honors College Curriculum Review Committee that established St. Mary’s Projects, Faculty Senate President, dean of admissions and financial aid, and faculty director of international admissions. Prior to retirement, his specific of areas research included the brain mechanisms supporting habituation, a simple form of learning to disregard unimportant stimuli; cocaine sensitization, a process by which repeated low doses of cocaine produce a heightened sensitivity to subsequent doses of this drug; and animal models of psychopathology. Dr. Jordan particularly enjoyed working with undergraduate students in the laboratory. At the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, he was recognized with the Career and Achievement Award from FUN (Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience) for making outstanding efforts on behalf of undergraduate neuroscience education and research.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Biopsychology
  • Learning
  • Drugs and Behavior


  • B.S. in Psychology at University of Puget Sound, 1974
  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Dartmouth College, 1979
  • in NIH Post-doctoral fellow at University of Oregon, 1979-1982