Mary Beth Spitznagel | Department of Psychological Sciences | Kent State University

Mary Beth Spitznagel

Mary Beth Spitznagel

Research Areas:



Research Interests:

Clinical neuropsychology, the cognitive impact of obesity, diet, and exercise, and caregiver burden.

Lab Site:

Clinical Neuropsychology Research Lab

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • Introduction to Psychological Assessment (graduate)
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment (graduate)
  • Clinical Neuroanatomy (graduate/undergraduate)
  • Neuropsychological Assessment (graduate)
  • Neuropsychology Practicum (graduate)
  • Psychology of Exercise (undergraduate)


The Cognitive Impact of Obesity, Diet, and Exercise 

  • Anderson JR, Hawkins MAW, Updegraff J, Gunstad J, Spitznagel MB. (2017). Baseline glucoregulatory function moderates the effect of dairy milk and fruit juice on postprandial cognition in healthy young adults. European Journal of Nutrition, Jul 13 DOI 10.1007/s00394-017-1505-0
  • Anderson JR, Calvo D, Glickman E, Gunstad J, Spitznagel MB. (2017). The moderating role of insulin-like growth factor-1 in the relationship between cognitive and aerobic endurance change: A preliminary study in elderly adults with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 30(2), 84-89.
  • Spitznagel MB, Alosco ML, Inge T, Rochette A, Strain G, Devlin M, Crosby RD, Mitchell JE, Gunstad J. (2016). History of Obesity in Adolescence Affects Adult Cognition: Before and After Bariatric Surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. Jan 29. Pii: S1550-7289(16)00028-9. Doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2016.01.023.
  • Galioto R, Spitznagel MB (2016). The effects of breakfast and breakfast composition on cognition in adults. Advances in Nutrition. May 16;7(3):576S-89S. Doi: 10.3945/an. 115.010231.
  • Galioto R, Alosco ML, Calvo D, Gunstad J, vandulmen M, Spitznagel MB. (2015). Neurocognitive response to dairy milk versus fruit juice in obese and lean individuals. Translational Issues in Psychological Science; 1(3), 250-261.
  • Spitznagel MB, Gunstad J, Manderino L, Heinberg L. (2015). Liver biopsy predicts cognitive function following bariatric surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring); Oct;23(10):1957-9. Doi: 10.1002/oby.21219.
  • Hawkins M, Gunstad J, Calvo D, Spitznagel MB. (2016). Higher fasting glucose levels are associated with poorer cognition among otherwise healthy young adults with obesity. Health Psychology, Feb;35(2):199-202. Doi: 10.1037/hea0000248.
  • Spitznagel MB, Hawkins M, Alosco ML, Galioto R, Garcia S, Miller L, Gunstad J. (2015). Neurocognitive effects of obesity and bariatric surgery. European Eating Disorders Review. Nov;23(6):488-95. Doi: 10.1002/erv.2393. Mitchell JE, Gunstad J. Cognitive function predicts weight loss after bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2013 May-Jun;9(3):453-9. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2011.10.008.

Caregiver Burden

  • Spitznagel MB, Cox MD, Jacobson DM, Albers AL, Carlson MD. (in press). Caregiver Burden in the Client:  Links to Psychosocial Function, Service Utilization, and Treatment Plan Factors. Journal of the American Veterinary Association
  • Spitznagel MB, Jacobson DM, Cox MD, Carlson MD (2017). Caregiver burden in owners of a sick companion animal: A cross-sectional observational study. Veterinary Record. Sep 4. Pii: vetrec-2017-104295. Doi: 10.1136/vr.104295. [
  • Spitznagel MB, Tremont G, Davis JD, Foster SM. (2006). Psychosocial predictors of dementia caregiver desire to institutionalize: caregiver, care recipient, and family relationship factors. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology Mar;19(1):16-20. PMID:16449755
  • Tremont G, Davis JD, Spitznagel MB. (2004). Understanding and Managing Caregiver Burden in Cerebrovascular Disease. In R. Paul, R. Cohen, and S. Salloway (Eds.). Vascular Dementia: Cerebrovascular Mechanisms and Clinical Management, 305-322.


Job Title

Associate Professor

Job Department

Department of Psychology



Office Location

Room 329 Kent Hall



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