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Kirk Erickson PhD

Kirk I. Erickson PhD

Director and Principal Investigator, Brain Aging and Cognitive Health Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. Kirk Erickson is currently the Director and Principal Investigator of the Brain Aging and Cognitive Health Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Dr. Erickson studies the impact of physical activity and obesity on brain health across the lifespan. This research has resulted in > 240 published articles and 15 book chapters.

Dr. Erickson’s research has been funded by numerous awards and grants from NIH, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other organizations. He received a Distinguished Scientist Award by Murdoch University in Australia in 2018.  Dr. Erickson was a member of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, and chair of the Brain Health subcommittee charged with developing the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. His research has been featured in a long list of print, radio, and electronic media including the New York Times, CNN, BBC News, NPR, Time, and the Wall Street Journal.