Quinnipiac University
Todd Hancock Ahern

Associate Professor of Psychology

Todd Ahern earned his undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Biology from Oberlin College (OH) in 2002. He then attended Emory University (GA) for graduate school, working with Larry J. Young to study the neurobiology of social behavior. He received his PhD in 2010 and then postdoc’d for a year at UMass, Amherst, studying sexual differentiation of the brain with Nancy Forger. He joined Quinnipiac University’s Department of Psychology in 2011, where he uses innovative and evidence-based approaches to teach neuroscience and psychology to undergraduates and continues to contribute to the field of behavioral neuroscience.

Prof. Ahern teaches a variety of highly rated courses, from introduction to psychology and physiological psychology to research methods and the psychology of self-improvement. Todd is an active mentor of undergraduate research students, and he contributes substantial time to service at all levels of the university.

As a scholar, Prof. Ahern has authored many peer-reviewed journal articles, given talks at local and international venues, and presented research posters with undergraduate students. From 2016-2019, his research was supported by the prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Award. Prof. Ahern’s research focuses on how social experience can influence the development of the brain and behavior.