Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Cheatham is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist with a dual appointment as Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and the UNC-CH Nutrition Research Institute (NRI). Dr. Cheatham earned her Ph.D. in Child Psychology and Neuroscience in 2004 at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. During her tenure at the Institute, she studied the development of memory and attention, while simultaneously studying the effects of stress and social support on memory development. At the NRI, Dr. Cheatham is studying the effects of fatty acids, choline, lutein, and anthocyanins on the development and functioning of the hippocampus and frontal lobes, brain structures that are integral to the formation and retrieval of memories and to higher-order cognition. She has an active research program examining the effect of nutrition on typical and atypical brain development and function. In this work, she uses an electrophysiological technique known as event-related potentials as well as behavioral tasks to assess brain function in infants, children, and older adults. To determine individual nutrition needs, Dr. Cheatham assesses background genetics and dietary habits. Dr. Cheatham’s work incorporates developmental psychology, neuroscience, nutrition, genetics, and epigenetics. She views interdisciplinary work as a pathway to a cohesive picture of lifespan development.
Friday, June 7
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM