PhD program in Psychology, Neuroscience and Data Science

The institution

The University of Pavia, founded in 1361, is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Today almost 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our University. Pavia, as a city-campus, offers students a unique experience in Italy and rare in Europe: to stay at one of 20 University colleges. Pavia is a city in northern Italy with 70,000 inhabitants located 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Pavia’s campus offers a unique university experience to students who can enjoy countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and sport activities, at all levels.

The program

The Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience and Data Science provides an interdisciplinary knowledge covering Psychology, Neuroscience, Health (prevention, diagnosis and treatment), Medical Statistics, Epidemiology and Data Science. The main topics involved are the identification of genetic and environmental risk factors for chronic and acute diseases, the investigation of causal mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders via integrated analysis of data set from different sources, the development and application of novel statistical methods, the evaluation of the effectiveness of clinical and community trials and preventive and educational interventions and, the identification of the neurophysiological and anatomical correlates of cognitive processes and emotions in healthy subjects and patients with neurological and psychiatric diseases in the life span. This PhD provides the study of human behaviours in both the historical perspective and the view of the most modern Neuroscience.

Teaching and research are at international standards, and open to foreign students to achieve a competitive professional profile in the international scenario concerning speculative and applicative research.

This PhD course provides expertise to design observational and experimental studies, to perform statistical analyses on diverse data set involving Neuroimaging data analysis, “big data management and analysis”, including machine learning and data mining, from genomics to systemic neuroscience.

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Coordinator of the PhD program: Prof. Gabriella Bottini

PhD program website