Brain Health Expert to Open President’s Lecture Series at UM

August 29, 2016

MISSOULA – A leading expert on dementia, autism and traumatic brain injury will open the 2016-17 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Erin Bigler, a past president of the International Neuropsychological Society, will present “Brain Health, Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease: Perspectives from Neuroimaging and Neuropsychology” at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in UM’s Dennison Theatre.

In collaboration with the Philosophy Forum, Bigler also will lead the seminar “Neuroimaging Methods in the Study of Neural Connectivity in Brain Health and Disease” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar both are free and open to the public.

Bigler received a Ph.D. in experimental-physiological psychology from Brigham Young University in 1974. Following postdoctoral work at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, he worked in private practice at the Austin Neurological Clinic and EEG Laboratory in Austin, Texas, from 1978 to 1990. During these years he did adjunct teaching at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1991, Bigler became the Steven V. and Georgia A. White Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University and from 1996 to 2002 served as chair of the psychology department. Since 2003, he has been the Susa Young Gates Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University and has had visiting appointments at the University of Utah and the University of California, San Diego.

The publications section of Bigler’s CV runs to 42 single-spaced pages. His eight book publications include “Diagnostic Clinical Neuropsychology” (1988), “Traumatic Brain Injury: Mechanisms of Damage Assessment, Intervention and Outcome” (1990), “Neuroimaging I Basic Science” (1996) and “Neuroimaging II Clinical Applications” (1996).

His research on dementia, autism and traumatic brain injury has appeared in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Clinical Manual of Alzheimer Disease and other Dementias, and Psychological Injury and Law.

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of eight talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.

Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981, richard.drake@umontana.edu.