The Smith Lab at the University of Kansas. We are a Behavioral Pharmacology & Neuroscience lab focused on the study of animal behavior, stress, and the social brain.

“If you’re stressed like a normal mammal in an acute physical crisis, the stress response is lifesaving. But if instead you chronically activate the stress response for reasons of psychological stress, your health suffers.”
Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

“As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain will also be a mystery.”
Santiago Ramón y Cajal



We are located in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas.

Find out about our research and opportunities for you to get involved.