Dr. Neighbors received his B.S. (1988) in psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and his M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1994) in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. He graduated with an emphasis in the disorders of childhood and adolescence. His clinical internship was conducted at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Clinical rotations included adolescent inpatient, child inpatient, family therapy, anxiety disorders clinic, emergency psychiatry, state hospital, and long-term outpatient care. Following graduate school he was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Neighbors was a member of the faculty at Oklahoma State University where he trained doctoral students in clinical psychology for four years before coming to Southwestern in the fall of 2000.

Dr. Neighbors teaches a variety of courses, engages students in all aspects of his research, supervises student internships in mental health and forensic psychology, and serves as the Chair of the Psychology Department.

Dr. Neigbors and Students
Capstone 2011-2012 (L-R) Elmira Mehdizadeh, Rachel Thibodeau, Emily Greene, Karen De Luna, Jessica Alonzo


Ph.D., University of Georgia 1994

Previous Courses

Principles of Psychology (introductory course)

Personality Theory and Research

Abnormal Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Research in Clinical Psychology (capstone)


Beginning during his undergraduate studies, Dr. Neighbors has focused his study on the problems of adolescence and young adulthood. Currently, his research examines the manner in which attachment relationships are related to high risk behaviors which have the potential to develop into psychological disorders (e.g., drug and alcohol abuse, binge eating). Parental, peer, and intimate relationships are studied, and a variety of mechanisms are explored including stress management, emotion regulation, conflict resolution, and peer pressure.