University of Iowa
Bob Kirby

Bob has a PhD in biopsychology from the University of Virginia. As a member of the psychology department, his research focused on cardiovascular responses to stress during early development and his teaching concentrates on the science and regulation of drugs. He now directs ICRU, the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, and he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology. ICRU assists students in collaborating with faculty on research, provides forums for presenting the research, and recognizes students for outstanding discoveries or works of art. Bob is a person to see for pursuing research opportunities across the campus. Beyond the University of Iowa, Bob loves to spend time outdoors.


Washington State University, B.S. with Distinction 1978
University of Virginia, Ph.D. Biopsychology 1983
University of Iowa, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular Center

Fields of Knowledge:

  • Drugs and human behavior
  • Developmental biopsychology
  • Undergraduate research pedagogy

Awards and Recognition:

  • University of Iowa, Department of Psychology, Professor of the Year 1993
  • University of Iowa, Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy 2007
(319) 335-1684
443 Blank Honors Center
Iowa City, IA 52242