Cristina Molina-Hidalgo, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Cristina Molina-Hidalgo earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Granada, Spain (2015). Master´s degree in Sport Psychology and Coaching (2016) and Master’s degree in Neuroscience (2018). PhD in Psychology (Behavioral, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience) with Honors at the University of Granada, Spain (2021). Her predoctoral research was focused on examining the influence of lifestyle behaviors such as exercising or alcohol consumption, on physical and cognitive performance in healthy young adults. She joined the PROFITH research group in 2017 as a graduate student and she has been collaborating in different research projects related to the effects of exercise on the brain and cognitive health. Also during her late PhD phase, she was the project manager of the AGUEDA project which is a novelty proposal in the exercise intervention field. This study addresses the influence of exercise on brain health and cognitive function in older adults. Her postdoctoral research focuses on exploring the effects of exercise and health-related markers on cognition and brain structure and function. When not immersed in science, Cristina enjoys practicing sports, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new activities adventures. She is also a CrossFit lover and spends many hours in the gym lifting and socializing with her colleagues.