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I am the director of the Exercise Technology & Cognition Laboratory which is housed within the Kinesiology & Community Health Department in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. My research focuses on understanding factors that facilitate long-term physical activity behavior and self-regulation across the lifespan. My lab employs an interdisciplinary, social neuroscience framework to study psychosocial and cognitive antecedents and outcomes of regular exercise. To complement traditional supervised, center-based physical activity interventions, we utilize adjuvant therapies and technology-delivered methods to enhance physical activity and cognitive performance.

My research is currently funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, UIUC’s Center on Health, Aging, & Disability, and UIUC’s Campus Research Board.