John Gunstad

John Gunstad

Department of Psychology
Professor & Associate Chair
Office Location:
Room 329 Kent Hall
Contact Information
Personal Website:

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:

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.
Ph.D., Ohio University (2002)
Cognitive Function, Obesity, Alzheimer's Disease, Social Sciences, Psychology, Diseases or Disorders, Weight Loss, eating, Physical activity, heart disease
Research Institutes and Initiatives
Healthy Communities Research Initiative