Dennis Molfese, Ph.D. Founding Director Emeritus, Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior Professor, Department of Psychology

Dennis Molfese is the Mildred Francis Thompson professor and director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior; director of the Big Ten Conference Intercollegiate Concussion Research Group; and director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. A fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, he is the editor-in-chief for the scientific journal Developmental Neuropsychology.

Molfese is an internationally recognized expert on the use of brain recording techniques to study the emerging relationships between brain development, language and cognitive processes that extend from the prenatal period into adulthood. He has more than four decades of extensive experience in collecting, integrating and analyzing behavioral and brain imaging data while conducting large-scale longitudinal studies involving infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children, as well as adults including aged populations.

Molfese's research has been continuously funded since 1975 through grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, The National Foundation / March of Dimes, the MacArthur Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, NATO and NASA. He has published more than 150 books, journal articles and book chapters on the relationship between developing brain functions, language and cognitive processes.

Molfese received his doctorate in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1972.