Research

Our lab maintains an active research program, with multiple projects underway at all times. The research conducted in our lab is focused on understanding the neurocognitive effects of medical conditions like obesity and heart disease, and the way that environmental conditions may limit our ability to perform at our best.

Medical Neuropsychology – Did you know that being overweight is bad for your brain? Or that heart disease is an important contributor to Alzheimer’s disease?  Our lab examines the effects of medical conditions on the brain and whether they can be reversed.


Hacking the Brain – Just like our bodies, our brains show signs of wear with the aging process and in many diseases. Our lab investigates factors that predict normal versus abnormal aging, and what can be done to stop or slow decline associated with healthy aging and neurologic illness like MS and Parkinson’s disease, with a focus on exercise and dietary supplements.


Concussions and Mild TBI – Research shows that concussions can lead to chronic problems and even conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s disease. A line of research from our team is exploring the risk factors for concussions and poor outcomes.


Nutrition and Cognition – We know that people with blood sugar problems show changes in thinking skills, but we are testing how blood sugar affects thinking in healthy people. We are testing cognitive skills and behavior in young adults and kids who drink different beverages to learn if the saying “you are what you eat” applies to the brain.


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Caregiver Burden – Although being a caregiver for a loved one can be an incredibly rewarding experience, the daily challenges of providing care for a loved one can also place a great deal of strain on the care provider, whether that loved one is a human family member or a pet! To learn more about this research, see: PetCaregiverBurden