Michelle Voss , Ph.D.
Michelle Voss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences received a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. She was a Beckman Institute Predoctoral Fellow in 2008 and 2009, and was awarded the Paul D. Doolen Scholarship for the Study of Aging in 2009. Dr. Voss investigates the effect of interventions, such as physical activity, exercise, and cognitive engagement, on brain health and performance in order to learn what steps we can take to keep our mind functioning well as we age. Her research is also hoping to uncover solutions to help the brain adapt to neurological disease and brain injury. As the foundation for this overarching goal, Dr. Voss is also interested in advancing our knowledge about the mechanisms of cognitive aging and brain plasticity. Her research draws on theoretical frameworks of cognition and aging and on neuroimaging techniques, such as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging.