S.T.E.M. Programs

Psychology & Neuroscience

Explore the mysteries of the mind at the NSLC on Psychology & Neuroscience.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
At the NSLC on Psychology & Neuroscience, you will delve into the science of the mind as you explore child development and personality types and learn to motivate others. Through clinical psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior.

Program Highlights

Psychology Highlights

Diagnose patients
Listen, assess, and suggest treatments for your patients during a clinical simulation.

Visit medical facilities
Interact with clinical psychologists and neurologists, researchers and medical students.

Hands-on workshops
Learn the science of neurotransmitters, compare scans of normal and abnormal brains, and examine the anatomy of the brain.

Dates & Locations


Hands-On Simulations

Through in-depth Psychology & Neuroscience workshops, you will discover how our senses influence memory, how chemicals and drugs impact neural activity, the effect of aging on cognition, and how neurologists and psychologists use brain scans to diagnose psychological disorders.

Hands-on Neuroscience Workshops include:
Psychology & Neuroscience Workshops include:

Meet Psychology & Neuroscience Professionals

While at the NSLC’s high school summer psychology program, you will meet with and learn from professionals in the psychology and neuroscience communities.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Dr. Kristi Graves
Clinical Psychologist, Georgetown University Medical Center

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A.
U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D
Director, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Richard J. Hodes
Director, National Institute on Aging

Dr. E. Albert Reece
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, UMD Medical School

Dr. Eugene Major
Chief of the NIH Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience

Dr. Terry Davidson
Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Arthur C. Evans, PhD
CEO, American Psychological Association

Dr. Saul Levin, M.D.
CEO & Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Joshua Gordan, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school summer psychology program is seeing the sites around one of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the psychology and neuroscience fields.
These trips may include:

American University

  • F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services
  • FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration)
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Georgetown
  • Capitol Hill & the Smithsonian
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

Harvard Medical School

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, the oldest & largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard University
  • Historic Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market
  • Harvard Square

Vanderbilt University

  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Belmont University, School of Psychological Sciences
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Nashville Zoo
  • Centennial Park

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Psychology & Neuroscience program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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