Jennifer Watt

  • Neuroimaging Director

Jennifer Watt joined the Brain Aging & Cognitive Health Lab in October 2011 as the Lab Manager and now is the Neuroimaging Director. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree and went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology with a concentration in Prevention and Healthy Aging. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Health, Physical Activitiy and Chronic Disease. Her research interests include the mesolimbic dopamine reward circuit and its connection to obesity.

Representative Publications

Bento-Torres, J, Bento-Torres, NVO, Stillman, CM, Grove, GA, Huang, H, Uyar, F, Watt, JC, Wollam, ME, Erickson, KI. (in press).  Associations Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Physical Activity, Intraindividual Variability and Cingulate Cortex in Younger Adults.  Journal of Sport and Health Science.

Gentry, A, Grove, G, Crisafio, M, Donahue, P, Watt, J, Erickson, KI, Bender, C. (2018).  Protocol for exercise program in cancer and cognition (EPICC): a randomized controlled trial of the effects of aerobic exercise on cognitive function in postmenopausal women with breast cancer receiving aromatase inhibitor therapy. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 67: 109-115

Stillman, CM, Uyar, F, Huang, H, Grove, GA, Watt, JC, Wollam, ME, Erickson, KI. (2018). Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with enhanced hippocampal functional connectivity in healthy young adults. Hippocampus. 00:1–9.

Stillman, CM, Watt, JC, Grove, GA, Wollam, ME, Uyar, F, Mataro, M, Cohen, NJ, Howard, DV, Howard, JH, Erickson, KI. (2016).  Physical activity is associated with impaired implicit learning but enhanced relational memory and executive functioning in young adults. PlosOne, 11(9): e0162100.

Rofey, DL, Arslanian, SA, el Nokali, NE, Verstynen, TD, Watt, JC, Black, JJ, Sax, R, Krall, JS, Proulx, C, Dillon, M, Erickson, KI. (2015).  Brain volume and white matter in youth with Type 2 Diabetes compared to obese and normal weight peers: a pilot study.  International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 46: 88-91.

Erickson K.I., Oberlin L., Gujral S., Leckie R., Weinstein A., Hodzic, J.C., Dabbagh A., Whitmoyer P., Wollam M.  (2014).  Exercise as a way of capitalizing on neuroplasticity in late adulthood.  Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.

Leckie, R.L., Weinstein, A.M., Hodzic, J.C., Erickson, K.I. (2012). Moderators of physical activity on brain health. Journal of Aging Research.