Prof. Gerecke, Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Dr. Gerecke’s current research involves two main complementary questions:

- What is the role of exercise in protecting against Parkinson’s Disease?
- What are the toxic effects of chronic psychological stress in the brain, and how does exercise protect against these effects?

Dr. Gerecke’s research team currently includes:

  • Laura Atkinson (Neuroscience 2012), Maddie Scott (Neuroscience 2013), Helen Floersh (Neuroscience 2013), Mustafa Motiwala (Neuroscience 2013), and Megan Ververis (2014)

Previous research team members:

  • Sarah Allen (Neuroscience 2011), Jessie Fawer (Neuroscience 2011) and Anna Kolobova (Neuroscience 2011) 


Sarah Allen and Anna Kolobova presenting research at the
Society for Neuroscience international convention, 2010

  • Danielle Fincher (Neuroscience 2010), Gayatri Patel (Biology 2010) and Anna Kolobova (Neuroscience 2011)
  • Stephen Spainhour (Psychology 2011), Rachel Trout (Psychology 2010) and Sarah Barowka (Neuroscience


Sarah Barowka ‘09 presenting research at the
Society for Neuroscience international convention, 2008

  • Olivia Brown (Psychology 2008), Lauren Brooks (Neuroscience 2008), Brian Darrith (Neuroscience 2008), Michael Hadler (Neuroscience 2008)


 Laura Atkinson ’12 ponders the mysteries of the brain.



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Also, read what Dr. Gereke had to say in “Ibuprofen May Ward Off Parkinson’s,” COSMOS Magazine, Feb. 22, 2010  »