Chatham University

Falk School of Sustainability

Faculty and Staff


David Fraser Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Hometown : Boston, MA
Joined Chatham : 2009

Academic Areas of Interest

Implicit Learning, Working Memory, Systems level Neuroscience, fMRI, reward processing in the basal ganglia

Personal Areas of Interest

Basketball, Gardening, Guitar, Reading,


I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and I lived there until age thirteen. I moved to Santurce, Puerto Rico for my high school years, but returned to Boston for college where I received my B.A. in psychology from Boston University. I then made my way to Chicago, Illinois where I got my PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University. I came to Pittsburgh 4 years ago for a post-doc at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, I taught courses in the Neuroscience, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy departments. My research focuses on mechanisms of declarative and non-declarative learning in the human brain. I'm also keenly interested in trying to understand the underlying physiological basis of the signals measured during functional magnetic resonance imaging. I take a collaborative approach to research, and enjoy working with colleagues who study neuropsychiatric disorders in clinical populations. Chatham is my first faculty appointment, and I am thrilled to have found a position at a university that values teaching and the student experience. I live in Greenfield with my wife Michelle and my daughter Amelia, and in my free time I renovate my house, play guitar, play basketball, and garden. My free time resolution for the coming year: see more live music.