My research examines two broad areas: 1) the effects of aging and disease on neurocognitive function, with a particular interest in cardiovascular disease and obesity; and 2) non-pharmacological approaches to improving brain function.
Clinical Neuropsychology Research Lab
Courses Frequently Taught:
Psychology of Adjustment (undergraduate)
Neuropsychological Assessment (graduate)
Introduction to Psychological Assessment (graduate)
Rochette, A.D., Spitznagel, M.B., Strain, G., Devlin, M., Crosby, R.D., Mitchell, J.E., Courcoulas, A., & Gunstad, J. (in press). Mild Cognitive Impairment is Prevalent in Persons with Severe Obesity. Obesity.
Spitznagel, M.B., Alosco, M.L., Inge, T., Rochette, A., Strain, G., Devlin, M., Crosby, R.D., Mitchell, J.E., Gunstad, J. (in press). History of Obesity in Adolescence Affects Adult Cognition: Before and After Bariatric Surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
Hawkins, M., Gunstad, J., Calvo, D., & Spitznagel, M. (in press). Obesity-related Fasting Glucose Elevations Contribute to Poorer Cognition among Otherwise Healthy Adults. Health Psychology.
Galioto, R., Fedor, A., & Gunstad, J. (in press) Possible neurocognitive benefits of exercise in persons with heart failure. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity.