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Kristina Neely

Kristina Neely, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Brain and Behavior Laboratory

Campus Mail: 301 Wire Road
Office Location: 171 Kinesiology Building

Academic Areas

Exercise Science

Short Bio

Dr. Kristina Neely is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology, and the Director of the Brain and Behavior Lab. Dr. Neely’s area of expertise is the neural control of movement in adults. She is particularly interested in how movement is influenced by cognitive functions, such as inhibitory control and working memory. She teaches neuromotor control, neuroanatomy, and research methods.

Professional & Educational Experience

Dr. Neely earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario in 2010, where her graduate research focused on how the brain uses visual information to plan and control reaching movements. After her Ph.D., she completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Florida. Her postdoctoral research focused on the neural control of force production, neuroimaging, and movement disorders. From 2013-2018, Dr. Neely was faculty at the Pennsylvania State University where she developed a line of research focused on motor control in young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Neely joined the faculty at Auburn University in 2018 where she continues to investigate how cognition, emotion, and/or mental health influence movement output.

Research Interests

  • Neural control of movement in adults

  • Cognitive control of action

  • Mental health and movement

  • Emotion regulation and movement

  • Inhibitory control

  • Grip force control

  • Balance and postural control