Roberto Refinetti

Roberto Refinetti, Ph.D.

Academic Dean

Professor – Psychology

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M. A., University of São Paulo, Brazil
B.S., University of São Paulo, Brazil
B.A., Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil


Dr. Refinetti is a biological psychologist with specialization in the study of biological rhythms. His laboratory is quite active and welcomes students interested in gaining hands-on experience in behavioral and biomedical research.



Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Circadian Rhythms

Editor-in-Chief, Sexuality & Culture

Research Grants

National Science Foundation, “Homeostatic and Circadian Control of Energy Expenditure”, April 2004 to March 2007

National Institutes of Health, “Circadian Rhythms: Photic Sensitivity and Behavior”, December 2002 to November 2005

National Institutes of Health, “Homeostasis and Circadian Rhythms”, August 1996 to July 1999

National Science Foundation, “Homeostasis, Circadian Rhythmicity, and Behavior”, September 1995 to August 1998


Refinetti, R. Circadian Physiology, 2nd Edition. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2006.


Carolina Trustee Professorship, University of South Carolina, 2006

Governor’s Distinguished Professor, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 2004


Dr. Refinetti’s Circadian Rhythm Laboratory

Journal of Circadian Rhythms

American Physiological Society

Society for Neuroscience

Chronicle of Higher Education