Frank Hillary

Frank Hillary

Associate Professor of Psychology

Director, Brain Injury and Plasticity Lab, Penn State Clinical Neuropsychology

Graduate Faculty, Social Data Analytics


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The research in our lab examines the effects of brain injury and disease on functional brain organization over the lifespan. One primary goal of our work is to understand how distributed neural networks are altered following significant neurological disruption (e.g., traumatic brain injury) and how distinct trajectories for network plasticity predict patient outcome.  To do so we incorporate novel cognitive paradigms, structural and functional MRI, and network neuroscience approaches (e.g., graph theory) to understand how the brain adapts to significant neurological disruption. More recent collaborations also integrate studies in aging, mild cognitive impairment, and TBI as a risk for neurodegeneration later in life.