John Gunstad

John Gunstad

Department of Psychology
Professor & Associate Director for Brain Health Research Institute
Office Location:
Room 329 Kent Hall
Contact Information


Research Areas:

Does Dr. Gunstad plan to recruit a doctoral student for the next incoming class?



Research Interests:

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.

Lab Site:

Kent Neuropsychology

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • Sport Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Neuropsychological Assessment (graduate)
  • Introduction to Psychological Assessment (graduate)


  • Manderino, L.M., Gunstad, J. (2018). Performance of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing protocol validity indices. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 33, 596-605.
  • Sanborn, V., Azcarate-Peril, M. A., Updegraff, J., Manderino, L., & Gunstad, J. (2018) A randomized clinical trial examining the impact of LGG probiotic supplementation on psychological status in middle-aged and older adults. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 12, 192-197.
  • Sanborn, V., Spitznagel, M., Crosby, R., Steffen, K., Mitchell, J., & Gunstad, J.  (2018). Cognitive function and quality of life in bariatric surgery candidates. Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease, 14, 1396-1401.
  • Anderson, J., Carroll, I., Azcarate-Peril, M., Rochette, A., Heinberg, L., Peat, C., Steffen, K., Manderino, L., Mitchell, J., & Gunstad, J. (2017). A preliminary examination of gut microbiota, sleep, and cognitive flexibility in healthy older adults. Sleep Medicine, 38, 104-107.
  • Manderino, L. M., Carroll, I., Azcarate-Peril, M. A., Rochette, A., Heinberg, L., Peat, C., Steffen, K., Mitchell, J., Gunstad, J. (2017). Preliminary evidence for an association between the composition of the gut microbiome and cognitive function in neurologically-healthy older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 700-705.


Ph.D., Ohio University (2002)


Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Loss, Medical Neuropsychology, Sport Psychology

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Brain Health Research Institute