Aron Weller was born in Minneapolis, Minn, USA, in 1958. He received a B.A. degree (cum laude) in psychology (major) and biology (minor) in 1984 and an M.A. degree in experimental psychology in 1987, from Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. His Ph.D. degree in psychology (major: developmental psychobiology) was awarded in 1989 by the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md, USA. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1989 at the Bourne Laboratory, Psychiatry Department, Cornell University Medical College, and in 1998-1999 (during a sabbatical year) at the Psychiatry Department, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, both in NY, USA. Since October 1989, he has been working at the Psychology Department, Bar-Ilan University, starting as a Lecturer and from 2001 as a Professor. At Bar-Ilan, he coestablished an undergraduate and graduate Interdisciplinary Program in the Brain Sciences. He served as the Head of this program and as the Head of the university’s Interdisciplinary Studies Unit. At the Psychology Department, he was the Deputy Chairperson, a Research Coordinator, and the Head of the Experimental Psychology Division and Graduate Program and is currently the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator. On the national level, he served on the executive committees of the Israel Society for Neuroscience and the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry (the latter as Treasurer) and is currently on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel. Internationally, he is currently on the Communication Committee of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and the Editorial Board of Developmental Psychobiology. His current research focuses, separately, on emotion regulation, using an animal model of depression, and on intake and body-weight regulation, using an animal model of childhood-onset depression. His major themes are search for neurochemical systems at sensitive developmental periods that may underlie risk for unhealthy development.
Biography Updated on 24 May 2009