• Undergraduate

KinHo Chan

Faculty Member in Integrated Sciences


Fields of  Interest: Behavioral Neuroscience, Mechanisms of Learning and Memory, Sleep & Biological Rhythms, Drugs and Behavior, Emotion and Motivation, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

Education: Ph.D. 2001, Purdue University, USA 


After completing secondary school in Hong Kong, KinHo went to the U.S. and completed his undergraduate training at Houghton College and then his doctoral training in neuroscience at Purdue University. Prior to joining the faculty at Fulbright University Vietnam, KinHo served at Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY) for 16 years as Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department.  

KinHo’s research interest focuses on the neuro-environmental influences on social and cognitive performance. Past projects include the role of hippocampal neurons in various learning tasks, the effects of antidepressants on different types of learning, the role of hippocampal-dependent mechanisms in energy and body weight regulation, and the effects of high-fat diets on learning and anxiety. The long-term research direction is to take advantage of the sophisticated conceptual framework of associative learning and the various modern neuroscience techniques to investigate the biological and psychological mechanisms of learning and memory. KinHo has published in scientific journals and conference proceedings with more than two dozen students. In addition to research and teaching, he has also collaborated with colleagues to develop and implement new initiatives to help students make the transition to the university academic environment. Recent collaborations with Fulbright faculty colleagues have led to the publication of findings that affirm the importance of meaningful and genuine student-faculty partnerships in academic development. 


  • Scientific Inquiry 
  • Introductory Psychology 
  • Research Methods & Statistics 
  • Principles of Neuroscience 

Select Publications:   

Stacey, P. L., & Chan, K-H. (In press). Significant Conversations at the intersection of Co-teaching and Student-Faculty Partnership. International Journal for Academic Development. 

Chan, K., & Stacey, P. (2020). Desirable difficulties and student-faculty partnership. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 1–11. 

Tsilosani, A., Chan, K-H., Steffens, A., Bolton, T., & Kowalczyk, W. J. (2020) Examining the Validity of Social Media Addiction: Connections With other Mental Disorders Using Questionnaires and QEEG. Proceedings and Abstracts of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, 91. 

Chan, K-H., Rasefske, K., & Burdick, A. (2017). Effects of high fat diet on anxiety-like behaviors and hippocampal-dependent learning: roles of body weight and sex differences. Program No. 326.21. Neuroscience Meeting. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience. 

Chan, K-H., Shipman, M. L., & Kister, E. (2014). Selective hippocampal lesions impair acquisition of appetitive trace conditioning with long intertrial and long trace intervals. Behavioral Neuroscience, 128(1), 92-102. 

Davidson, T. L., Kanoski, S. E., Chan, K-H., Clegg, D. J., Benoit, S. C., & Jarrard, L. E. (2010). Hippocampal lesions impair retention of discriminative responding based on energy state cues. Behavioral Neuroscience, 124(1), 97-105. 

Davidson, T. L., Chan, K-H., Jarrard, L. E., Kanoski, S. E., Clegg, D. J., & Benoit, S. C. (2009). Contributions of the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex to energy and body weight regulation. Hippocampus,19(3), 235-252. 

Valluzzi, J. A., & Chan, K-H. (2007). Effects of Fluoxetine on Hippocampal-Dependent and Hippocampal-Independent Learning Tasks. Behavioural Pharmacology, 18, 507-514. 

Chan, K-H., Jarrard, L. E., & Davidson, T. L. (2003). The effects of selective ibotenate lesions of the hippocampus on conditioned inhibition and extinction. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 3, 111-119. 

Chan, K-H., Morell, J. R., Jarrard, L. E., & Davidson, T. L. (2001). Reconsideration of the role of the hippocampus in learned inhibition. Behavioural Brain Research, 199, 111-130.