Behavioral Research in Aging, Neuroscience, Cognition, and Health


The mission of our lab is to promote healthy lifestyles as people age. Our research projects and community outreach are centered on ways to increase physical activity and reduce risk of disease and cognitive decline that may occur with advancing age. We work closely with the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center on grants and projects in healthy older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Current Projects

ACCEL- The ACCEL project measures physical activity, sitting behavior, and sleep with electronic monitors in everyday life and investigates the role of neighborhood walkability on physical activity in older adults with and without Alzheimer's disease.

ERA Study- As we age, the expectations we have about the process of getting older may influence our choice of healthy behaviors and our health outcomes. The ERA study investigates the relationship between these expectations and health outcomes.

ReST-MCI- Have you heard that “sitting is the new smoking”? Sitting for long periods of time is harmful even if you exercise regularly. We are currently collecting data for an intervention to reduce sitting time in individuals with mild cognitive impairment using body worn devices.

ACCEL: Pura Vida - We have formed a collaboration with researchers at the University of Costa Rica to compare physical activity & neurocognitive performance in older adults in Kansas & Costa Rica.

LEAP!- We are collecting data on the effectiveness of the Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer's Prevention program


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