Amanda McGowan

Amanda L. McGowan, Ph.D.

Amanda McGowan
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Addiction, Health, & Adolescence Lab

Amanda McGowan’s research examines the influence of health behaviors on cognitive function, scholastic performance, and brain health. She also studies neurocognitive recovery following sports-related concussion.

Amanda McGowan’s research is in the area of health neuroscience, examining the influence of health behaviors on cognitive function and brain health. A key aim of this work is to inform the design of interventions that support neurocognitive health, scholastic performance, and overall well-being across the lifespan. To date, her research has used psychophysiological measures (i.e., event-related potentials, pupillometry, EEG) as well as both acute and cross-sectional laboratory designs to investigate the immediate and protracted influence of physical activity, sports-related concussion, and aerobic fitness on cognition in preschoolers and college students.


  • B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, 2010
  • B.Ed., Queen’s University, 2011
  • M.S., Minnesota State University, 2015
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2020

Selected Publications

Please visit McGowan's Google Scholar and ResearchGate pages to view her publications.