David Compton

Professor of Psychology | Fellow, Research in the Sciences

School: School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology
Sub-department(s): Psychology (UG)

joined: 2000


A native of Florida, David Compton joined Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2000. He serves as a professor of psychology as well as the coordinator of the behavioral neuroscience major. Before coming to PBA, Dr. Compton taught in the psychology department at Georgia College (& State University), where he served as director of the graduate programs in psychology. During his tenure there, he was twice awarded the Georgia College & State University Research and Publication award and was a five-time finalist for the Distinguished Professor Award.

He is the Fellow for Research in the Sciences and chair of the Office of Academic Research with oversight of the IRB and IACUC. With a passion for research, he is the conference coordinator for PBA’s annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference.

Dr. Compton’s research interests include the long-term consequences of drugs of abuse to learning and memory function, the neuroanatomical substrates of learning and memory processes, and pharmacological interventions in memory dysfunction. Additional research interests include the community perception of animal research, animal cognition, and the psychology of aging.

Dr. Compton is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the International Society for Infectious Diseases, the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and the Florida Academy of Sciences. He has published research in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Physiology & Behavior, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, NeuroReport, Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychological Reports, Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, The Journal of Phytopharmacology, and the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.


PHD in Psychology, University of Georgia | MS in Psychology, University of Georgia | BA in Psychology, Concord University