CEREBBRAL Fall Research Day

When:  November 2, 2021

Time:  9:00-10:30 am

Where:  WALC B093

Title: The environmental toxicant, paraquat, alters binge-like alcohol drinking and striatal catecholamines in high-alcohol-preferring mice.

Speakers:  Julia Chester, Professor in Psychological Sciences, and Jason Cannon, Associate Professor in Health Sciences

Title:  Aging in an era of fake news.

Speaker:  Nadia Brashier, Assistant Professor in Psychological Sciences

CEREBBRAL Graduate Travel Fellowship

CEREBBRAL is accepting applications for Student and Postdoc travel Fellowships for CEREBBRAL members.  

Purpose:  To provide funds to allow a student or postdoc member of CEREBBRAL to travel to a conference and present research results inline with the center's mission.

Application due date: December 10, 2021

Travel Date:  2021 or 2022

Budget:  Maximum of $500.00.  The funds can be used to reimburse non-covered travel expenses for a student or postdoc to present at a conference in 2021 or to cover travel an upcoming conference in 2022.

 How to Apply:


  1. Fill out the Graduate Travel Fellowship Application (Click Here for Application form)
  2. Attach your conference submission (e.g., abstract or short article)
  3. Budget request and justification
  4. Short Vitae of applicant

Complete applications should be sent to cerebbralcenter@purdue.edu as a single pdf.


Each application will be evaluated by the directors.  Funding decisions are made by the directors.

Fundee Responsibilities:

  • Fundee should acknowledge CEREBBRAL in the presentation and (ideally) include CEREBBRAL graphic
  • Fundee needs to provide a copy of the presentation to CEREBBRAL
  • Fundee needs to provide receipts for reimbursement

Funding Preferences:

  • Higher preference for project closely alined with CEREBBRAL's mission
  • Higher preference for students who are closer to graduation
  • Higher preference for students whose major professor is participating regularly in Center activities and meetings

CEREBBRAL Student and Postdoc Membership

CEREBBRAL is launching a new student membership option to increase student engagement in the center.  Students who are members will be able to apply for funding for travel and will receive notifications of CEREBBRAL events. 

For students with research interest aligned with CEREBBRAL, please fillout the application form below.  Please send the completed form to:  cerebbralcenter@purdue.edu

CLick here for CEREBBRAL Student and Postdoc Membership form

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"Master's in Psychology" interview with Sebastien Helie, Director of CEREBBRAL

Sebastien Helie, professor in Psychological Sciences at Purdue University and Director of CEREBBRAL, was recently interviewed by the host of "Master's in Psychology" Bradley Schumacher for their Podcast Episode #10. This episode began airing Friday June 18, 2021.  

Click here to listen or read the complete interview.

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2021 Walk the Talk Award

Dr. Jessica E. Huber, Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Studies, Associate Director of CEREBBRAL, has received the Walk the Talk Award from the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance.  The award recognizes outstanding dedication to the University's Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct.

Click here to learn more about this award.

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2021 Showalter Trust Research Award

Dr. Allison Schaser, Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Scioences, received the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Award for her project:  "A new approach towards the development of cranial sensorimotor assays to diagnose and treat synuclein-specific neurodegeneration."

Pairing telehealth with intergenerational learning presents unexpected lessons for students working with older adults

CEREBBRAL members Dr. Jeff Haddad and Dr. Shirley Rietdyk's course Balance Rehabilitation in Older Adults was the focus of an article written by Christy McCarter in Purdue Today on May 19, 2021.  The students had to learn to design an exercise plan that was tailored to the older adult participants, while implementing it virtually.

Click here for the full article.

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2021 Wayne and Helen Townsend Writing Excellence Grant

Dr. Thomas Redick's, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, grant proposal was selected for the Wayne and Helen Townsend Writing Excellence Fund grant.  This grant is awarded by Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences.  Dr. Redick will use the grant to help students with their scientific writing skills.

Click here to read the full article written by Rebecca Hoffa on May 17, 2021. 

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Watch your step

CEREBBRAL member Shirley Rietdyk, professor of health and kinesiology in Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences, finds sex, medications and physical activity affect fall frequency.  In an article written by Rebecca Hoffa for HHS Research spotlight on May 14th, 2021, professor Rietdyk describes her findings from her research.

Click here for the full article

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Increasing access, community outreach key in Purdue neurological autism research

Dr. Dan Foti, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, developed a "mail-order" kit to be able to continue his research on Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder of the nervous system through telehealth.  Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences highlighted Dr. Foti's research in an article written by Tim Brouk on April 1, 2021.

Click here for the full article.

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Purdue HHS health expert encourages vaccines, warns against COVID-19 pandemic fatigue

In an article by Tim Brouk in Purdue HHS news on March 18, 2021, Purdue University associate professor of nursing Libby Richards discusses vaccinations and how the positive momentum could be derailed by a spike in cases if not vigilant.


Click here for the complete article in Purdue HHS news 

CEREBBRAL members exploring Parkinson Research

In two articles written by Tim Brouk on April 12, 2021 for HHS Research News, several CEREBBRAL members and their research were highlighted.

Allison Schaser, assistant professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, explores exposure risks, effects on speech and swallow.  

Aaron Bowman, professor and head of the School of Health Sciences investigates toxic environmental factors that elevate risk of Parkinson.

Jason Cannon, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences, specializes in how toxicity from chemicals are linked to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson disease.  He discusses the collaborative nature of HHS colleagues in research on Parkinson disease.

Click here for the full article

In the second article by Brouk, he highlights the Parkinson research that focuses on ways to improve quality of life.  Jessica Huber, professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, researches ways to improve communication through breathing and speaking for participants with Parkinson disease.  Jiayun Xu, assistant professor of Nursing, research involves creating an end of life resource for family members of people with Parkinson disease.

Click here for the full article

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Think the Brain is Always Efficient?  Thing Again.

In an article written by Poornima Apte on March 5, 2021 for HHS Research News, CEREBBRAL member Anne Sereno, professor of Psychological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, discusses findings that suggest that the brain is not as efficient as we think.

Click here for the full article

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