University of Missouri School of Medicine MU Health School of Medicine

Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory


 The Lab Crew

 lab 2016

April, 2016: The MU Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing to celebrate Rachel Zamzow's successful dissertation defense.

Research Interests


Dr. Beversdorf is currently involved in research on autism, dementia, cognitive effects of stress, the cognitive neuroscience of problem solving ability and the applications of pharmacological modulation of cognition and neuroimaging. His work has been published in journals such as Psychopharmacology, Neurology, Journal of Neurology Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Lancet. He is also actively involved in the Brain Imaging Center at the University of Missouri. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institute On Drug Abuse, Department of Defense, Stallone Fund, National Alliance for Autism Research,  Health Research Service Administration, and Autism Treatment Network/Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health.

He joined the University of Missouri in the departments of Radiology, Neurology, Psychology and the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders as an Associate Professor to focus on the field of autism, with particular interest in pharmaco-functional neuroimaging, as a potential treatment marker, interactions between stress and comorbid conditions, and gene/stress interactions in the development of autism. Dr. Beversdorf is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Beversdorf graduated from Indiana University and completed Neurology residency at Dartmouth. After his fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at University of Florida, he joined the Ohio State University faculty before coming to the University of Missouri. He has published on memory disorders, autism, cognitive neuroscience, fMRI, neuropsychopharmacology and the effects of stress.



David Beversdorf, MD

Department of Radiology
One Hospital Drive, DC069.10
Columbia, MO 65212

Tel: (573) 882-6081