John Gunstad | Department of Psychological Sciences | Kent State University

John Gunstad

John Gunstad

Research Areas:



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:

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.
Job Title

Professor & Associate Chair

Job Department

Department of Psychology



Office Location

Room 378C Kent Hall



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