LOGAN LAB

Neuroimaging & Health Research

Our research agenda centers on the promotion of physical activity for optimal brain health throughout the lifespan. The goal of this research is to prevent or delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases via physical activity promotion. By targeting specific populations across the lifespan, and by starting in early childhood, our research promotes the cognitive, brain, and mental health of populations most in need, and improves the quality of life of individuals for years to come. 

To achieve this overall goal, our research centers around the following unique populations:

1. Children with developmental differences, such as obesity, ADHD, or early life stress 

2. Mid-life women who are predisposed to stress and/or depression 

3. Healthy older adults, and older adults with neurodegenerative disease (i.e., People with Parkinson’s Disease)


We're interested in making exercise a more enjoyable and cost-effective option to manage the stressors associated with daily life. By improving physical health, we aim to reduce stress and improve brain health throughout the lifespan. We use cardio-metabolic techniques, body composition scans, cognitive tasks, mental health assessments, and neuroimaging tools for our research. 

Coming in March 2024! 

The Logan Lab will be at BrainWaves Rhode Island: Pawtucket, March 9, 2024. Come say hi! 

Dec 20, 2023
Dr. Logan collaborated with URI faculty in Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, and Communicative Disorders to publish a new article on the P3 ERP outcomes of cycling in older adults. Published today in Progress in Brain Research. Read it here!

Dec 19, 2023
Dr. Logan's new article on the complex associations between adiposity, fitness, mental well-being and neurocognitive function after exercise was published today in Progress in Brain Research. Read it here!

Nov 20, 2023

Dr. Logan and collaborators (Dr. Baron, Dr. Furmanek, Dr. Hartman, Dr. McGough, and Dr. Mankodiya) received a $220,000 grant from the Champlin Foundation to form the Neuro-Learning Centre with TMS and fNIRS equipment! 

August 25, 2023

New article out today! Exercise Keeps the Brain Healthy! Can be found in a special journal, Frontiers for Young Minds: Neuroscience and Psychology, which publishes science for kids. All journal articles are co-reviewed by a team of mentored kids with a scientific editor. 

July 17, 2023

Julia Wolf successfully defended her Masters Thesis! Congratulations on an excellent thesis, Julia, we will miss you! 

June 6, 2023

Dr. Logan & Dr. Ward-Ritacco received a $100,000 grant from the Fred M. Roddy Foundation to purchase a brand new DXA scanner for body composition and neuroscience research!