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Carol J. Van Hartesveldt

(703) 292-9048
Staff Associate


Carol Van Hartesveldt, Ph. D., is currently Staff Associate in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate of Education and Human Resources.  She was a program director in the Division of Graduate Education from 2004-2016.  In 2011 and 2012 she was a Brookings Legislative Fellow working in the U.S. Senate.  Before taking a position at NSF she was Associate Dean for Research at the Florida State University College of Medicine, where she established the Office for Research.  She was previously Program Director for Behavioral Neuroscience in the Biology Directorate at the NSF as a rotator from the University of Florida, where she was Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Center for Neurobiological Sciences.  As Co-Director for the Center she was also Co-PI of an interdisciplinary graduate training program in the neurobiological sciences funded by the NIMH for over 20 years.  At various times she served as Graduate Coordinator in the Psychology Department and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida.  Her research in the areas of brain mechanisms of learning, behavioral functions of neurotransmitters in the basal ganglia, and the development of neural mechanisms of locomotion is published in over 60 journal articles and was funded by the NIH, the NIMH, and the Whitehall Foundation.  She has served on numerous grant review panels for the NSF, the NIH, and the NIMH.  She received her Ph. D. degree in Psychology and Neurobiology from University of Rochester Center for Brain Research and her B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College.