Postdoc Profile: Kristina Neely


Hometown: Moved frequently, so no one place in particular.


    Ph.D., Kinesiology (Visuomotor Neuroscience), January 2006 - March 2010, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, CANADA

    M.S., Kinesiology (Ergonomics), September 2002 - December 2005, Indiana University – Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.

    B.S., Health and Wellness, September 1996 - May 2000, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.

I am currently in my third year as a postdoctoral fellow. I am interested in how the central nervous system organizes the preparation, execution, and inhibition of skilled, purposeful actions. During my predoctoral training, I developed a strong foundation in the neuroscience of reaching and grasping, experimental psychology, and paradigm development for theoretical motor neuroscience. My postdoctoral training has built on this foundation by gaining knowledge in the neural control of precision grip force and blocked-design fMRI techniques. I am currently immersed in the study of action inhibition and am developing expertise in advanced neuroimaging techniques and analyses.

My research investigates how brain structure and function, cognition, and personality are related to the ability to inhibit grip force output. I am funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship F32 grant (NS75574) that uses fMRI to examine action inhibition in healthy adults and in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The topic of action inhibition is a hotbed of activity across several disciplines in animal and human neuroscience research because such work has direct clinical implications for understanding psychiatric and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, impulse-control disorders, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In addition to my F32 research, I am a co-investigator on an NIH R01 grant (NS58487) which uses visuomotor paradigms to examine the role of the basal ganglia, cerebellum, and cortex in the production of grip force in healthy adults and adults with movement disorders.

Personal interests:
In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, volunteering with local animal rescues, reading by the pool, hiking with my dog.

Career goal:
I am pursuing an academic career in a research-intensive university.

Brief CV (.pdf)