Scott Steffensen, Professor

Department: Psychology



Office: 1050 SWKT

Phone: 801-422-9499



Born in Inglewood, CA. Married with 4 children.


  • PhD in Pharmacology from University of Utah, 1987
  • BS in Medical Technology from University of Utah, 1980

Research Interests

My research focuses on the neurobiology of addiction. I utilize electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral approaches to study neuroadaptations in brain substrates during alcohol and nicotine dependence and codependence. My research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past twenty-eight years. My lab is currently staffed by a postdoctoral fellow, five graduate students, and thirty-five undergraduate students. I am grateful for internal support from BYU as well as the amazing students under my purview


  • Fellow from Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, 2019