Steven Small

Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professorship in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Dean - School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
+1 (972) 883-2355
GR 4.104
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Tags: Computer Science Computational Neuroscience Neuroimaging

Professional Preparation

Postdoctoral - Neurology
University of Pittsburgh - 1991
University of Rochester - 1987
Ph.D. - Computer Science: AI/Cognitive Science
University of Maryland - 1980
A.B. - Mathematics
Dartmouth College - 1976


Demir-Lira, O. E., Asaridou, S. S., Raja Beharelle, A., Holt, A. E., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Small, S. L. (2018). Functional neuroanatomy of gesture-speech integration in children varies with individual differences in gesture processing. Developmental Science, in press. 2018 - Publication
Santhanam, P., Duncan, E. S., & Small, S. L. (2018). Therapy-induced plasticity in chronic aphasia is associated with behavioral improvement and time since stroke. Brain Connectivity, in press. 2018 - Publication
Riley, J. D., Chen, E. E., Winsell, J., Davis, E. P., Glynn, L. M., Baram, T. Z., Sandman, C. A., Small, S. L., & Solodkin, A. (2018). Network specialization during adolescence: Hippocampal effective connectivity in boys and girls. Neuroimage, 175, 402-412.  2018 - Publication
Duncan, E. S., & Small, S. L. (2017). Changes in dynamic resting state network connectivity following aphasia therapy. Brain Imaging and Behavior, in press. 2017 - Publication
Keator, D. B., Chen, J., Nichols, N., Fana, F., Stern, H., Baram, T. Z., & Small, S. L. (2017). A semantic cross-species derived data management application. Data Science Journal, 16. 2017 - Publication
Asaridou, S. S., Demir-Lira, O. E., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Small, S. L. (2017). The pace of vocabulary growth during preschool predicts cortical structure at school age. Neuropsychologia, 98, 13-23. 2017 - Publication

Additional Information

Professional Experience

Selected Other Administrative Experience

University of California, Irvine

  • Chief Scientific Officer, Medical Innovation Institute (2017-present)
  • Chair, Department of Neurology (2010-2017)
  • Professor of Neurology (2010-present)
  • Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior (2010-present)
  • Professor of Cognitive Science (2011-present)
  • Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center (2012-2016)
The University of Chicago

  • Research Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Biomedical Informatics (2010)
  • Pediatric Neurology Chief Search Committee (2009-2010)
  • Executive Committee - Center for Integrative Neuroscience and Neuroengineering (2005-2009) 
  • Awards Committee (2005-2009)
  • Committee on Appointments and Promotions (ad hoc) (2008)
  • Neuroscience Task Force (2005-2006)
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, Committee on Computational Neuroscience (2004)
  • Steering Committee, Clinical Research Career Development Program (2004-2005)
  • Medicine Chair Search Committee (2003-2004)
  • Executive Committee, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience (2000-2009)
  • Radiology Chair Search Committee (2000-2001)
University of Maryland

  • Steering Committee, M.D./Ph.D. Program (1997-1999)
University of Pittsburgh

  •  Committee on Graduate Medical Education (1992-1996)
  • Committee on Research Integrity (1992-1996)
  • Dean’s Task force on Curriculum Goals and Integration (1990)


Association for University Professors of Neurology

  • Counselor (2014-present)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2015-present)

Society for Neurobiology of Language

  • Founder, Society for the Neurobiology of Language (2010)
  • Founder, Neurobiology of Language Conference (2009)
  • Chair, Program Committee (2009-2010)
Organization for Human Brain Mapping

  • Representative, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (2008)
  • Member, Local Arrangements Committee (2007)

American Academy of Neurology 

  • Chair, Section on Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair (2012-2014)
  • Lobbyist, “Neurology on the Hill” (2012)
  • Fellow (2010)
  • Counselor, Section of Behavioral Neurology (2005-2010)

American Neurological Association 

  • Scientific Program Advisory Committee (2018-present)
  • Fellow (2012)
  • Elected Member (1999)

Academy of Aphasia

  • Treasurer (2005-2009)
  • Co-Chair, Local Arrangements Committee (2005)
  • Chair, Program Committee (2001)
National Aphasia Association

  • Executive Board (2007-2011)
Society for Neuroscience

  • Vice President, Pittsburgh Chapter (1994-1996)

News Articles

Neurologist Named New Dean of School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Dr. Steven L. Small, professor of neurology at the University of California, Irvine and director and chief scientific officer of the Medical Innovation Institute at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, has accepted appointment as dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences(BBS) at The University of Texas at Dallas.