University of Pittsburgh

Erickson, Kirk

Erickson, Kirk

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
PhD, University of Illinois

Primary Program: Biological and Health Program
All programs: Biological and Health Program, Clinical Program, Cognitive Program, Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Program

Contact

3107 Sennott Square
412-624-4533
Fax: 412-624-4428
kiericks@pitt.edu
http://www.pitt.edu/~bachlab/LabSite/Home.html

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Research Interests: Aging; factors and mechanisms of cognitive impairment; factors that promote healthy aging including physical activity, intellectual engagement, vitamin supplementation, hormone supplementation; the influence of genetics on brain and cognition; translating molecular neuroscience to cognitive neuroscience; neuroplasticity and learning related changes in brain and behavior.

Accepting Graduate Students: Yes

Selected Publications

  • Gianaros, PJ, Marsland, AL, Sheu, LK, Erickson, KI, Verstynen, TD. (in press). Inflammatory pathways link socioeconomic disadvantage to white matter architecture. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Erickson, KI, Barr, LL, Weinstein, AM, Banducci, SE, Akl, SL, Santo, NM, Leckie, RL, Oakley, M, Saxton, J, Aizenstein, HJ, Becker, JT, Lopez, OL. (in press). Measuring physical activity with accelerometry in a community sample with dementia. Journal of the American Geriatic Society.
  • Verstynen, TD, Weinstein, AM, Schneider, WW, Jakicic, JM, Rofey, DL, Erickson, KI. (in press). Increased body mass index is associated with global decreases in white matter microstructural integrity. Psychosomatic Medicine.
  • Weinstein, AM, Voss, MW, Prakash, RS, Chaddock L, Szabo, A, White, SM, Wojcicki, TR, Mailey, E, McAuley, E, Kramer, AF, Erickson, KI. (2012). The association between aerobic fitness and executive function is mediated by prefrontal cortex volume. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26:811-9.
  • Erickson KI, Miller DL, Roecklein KA. (2012). The aging hippocampus: interactions between exercise, depression, and BDNF. Neuroscientist, 18: 82-97.
  • Erickson KI, Voss, MW, Prakash, RS, Basak, C, Szabo, A, Chaddock, L, Kim, JS, Heo,S, Alves, H, White, SM, Wojcicki, TR, Mailey, E, Vieira, VJ, Martin, SA, Pence, BP, Woods, JA, McAuley, E, Kramer, AF. (2011). Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108: 3017-22.

Honors and Awards

  • Paul D. Doolen Scholarship for the Study of Aging (2003-2004)
  • NIMH Cognitive Psychophysiology Training grant (2001; 2004)
  • Beckman Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (2002-2003)

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Cesaro, Regina
  • Hemachandra, Swathi
  • Miller, Destiny
  • Oberlin, Lauren
  • Weinstein, Andrea
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