BA: Augustana College
MS: University of Illinois
PhD: University of Michigan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Oregon Health & Science University
Our research focuses on understanding the effects of central neural dysfunction on motor and cognitive performance due to neurotrauma (concussion) and neurodegenerative disease (Parkinson's disease). Key aspects involve identifying the underlying neural mechanisms that determine the speed and magnitude at which performance declines. Our approach integrates neural activity, biomechanical, and cognitive assessments to determine which neural mechanisms contribute to performance decline. Neural activity is characterized using neuroimaging techniques, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and functional near-infrared spectroscopy. With a better understanding of these neural mechanisms, better therapeutic approaches to manage dysfunction can be developed. The goal of this research is to improve quality of life for people in the neurotrauma and neurodegenerative disease populations.