B. Blair Braden

975 S Myrtle Ave
P.O. Box 870102
Asst Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Asst Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

B. Blair Braden received her doctorate in behavioral neuroscience - psychology from ASU in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and director of the Autism and Brain Aging Laboratory. 

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix.
  • Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience-Psychology, Arizona State University 2012

Research Interests

The Autism Brain Aging Laboratory is among the first to study age-related changes in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through neuropsychological evaluations and multi-modal neuroimaging. We aim to translate cognitive and brain findings into meaningful interventions for adults with ASD.

Research Group

Autism and Brain Aging Laboratory

Publications

Braden, B.B., Dassel, K.B., Bimonte-Nelson, H.A., O'Rourke, H.P., Connor, D.J., Moorhous, S., Sabbagh, M.N., Caselli, R.J., Baxter, L.C. Gender and post-menopause hormone therapy effects on hippocampal volume and verbal memory. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. 2016; 1-20.

Braden, B.B., Andrews, M.G., Acosta, J.I., Mennenga, S.E., Lavery, C., and Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. A comparison of progestins within three classes: Differential effects on learning and memory in the aging surgically menopausal rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 2016; in press

Braden, B. B., Pipe, T., Smith, R., Glaspy, T.K., Deatherage, B.R., and Baxter, L.C. Brain and behavior changes associated with an abbreviated four-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in back pain patients. Brain and Behavior, 2016; 0(0), e00443.

Braden, B.B., Kingston, M.L., Whitton, E., Lavery, C., Tsang, C.W., Neisewander, J.L., and Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. Progesterone-induced learning and memory impairments are reversed by the GABAA antagonist bicuculline. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 2015; 7:149.

Wallace, E., Young K.D., Kye-Min K., Chen, S., Braden, B.B., Williams, J., Jasso, K., Garcia, A.N., Rho, J., Bimonte-Nelson, H.A., and Maganti, R. Differential effects of duration of sleep fragmentation on spatial learning and synaptic plasticity in pubertal mice. Brain Research. 2015; 1615:116-28.

Smith, R., Braden, B.B., Chen, K., Ponce, F.A., Lane, R. D. and Baxter, L.C.  The neural basis of attaining conscious awareness of sad mood. Brain Imaging and Behavior. 2015; 9(3):574-87.

Mennenga, S.E., Baxter, L.C., Grunfeld, I.S., Brewer, G.A., Aiken, L.S., Engler-Chiurazzi, E.B., Camp, B.W., Acosta, J.I., Braden, B.B., Schaefer, K.R., Gerson, J.E., Lavery, C.N., Tsang, C.W.S., Hewitt, L.T., Kingston, M.L., Koebele, S.V., Patten, K.J., Ball, B.H., McBeath, M.K., Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. Navigating to new frontiers in behavioral neuroscience: Traditional neuropsychological tests predict human performance on a rodent-inspired radial-arm maze. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2014; 8.

Wolf, A., Braden, B.B., Bimonte-Nelson, H.A., Kusne, Y., Young, N., Engler, E.B., Garcia, A.N., Walker D.G., Moses G.S., Tran H., LaFerla F., Lue L., Emerson Lombardo N., Valla J. Broad-based nutritional supplementation in 3xTg mice corrects mitochondrial function and indicates sex-specificity in response to Alzheimer's disease intervention. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2012; 32(1):217-32.

Engler-Chiurazzi, E.B., Talboom, J.S., Braden, B.B., Tsang, C.W., Andrews, M., Mennenga, S.E., and Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. Continuous estrone treatment impairs spatial memory and does not impact number of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons in the surgically menopausal middle-aged rat. Hormones and Behavior. 2012; 62(1):1-9.

Camp, B.W., Gerson, J., Tsang, C.W., Villa, S.R., Acosta, J.I., Braden, B.B., Hoffman, A.N., Conrad, C.D., Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. High serum androstenedione levels correlate with impaired memory in the surgically menopausal rat: a replication and new findings. European Journal of Neuroscience. 2012; 36(8):3086-95.

Braden B.B., Garcia A.N., Mennenga S.E., Prokai L., Villa S.R., Acosta J.I., Lefort N., Simard A.R., Bimonte-Nelson H.A. Cognitive-impairing effects of medroxyprogesterone acetate in the rat: independent and interactive effects across time. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2011; 218(2):405-18.

Butler T.R., Smith K.J., Self R.L., Braden B.B., Prendergast M.A. Neurodegenerative effects of recombinant HIV-1 Tat(1-86) are associated with inhibition of microtubule formation and oxidative stress-related reductions in microtubule-associated protein-2(a,b). Neurochem Res. 2011; 36(5):819-28.

Acosta, J.I., Mayer, L., Braden, B.B., Nonnenmacher, S., Mennenga, S.E., Bimonte-Nelson, H.A. The cognitive effects of CEE depend on whether menopause etiology is transitional or surgical. Endocrinology. 2010; 151(8):3795-80.

Braden, B. B., Talboom, J. S., Crain, I. D., Simard, A. R., Lukas, R. J., Prokai, L., Scheldrup, M. R., Bowman, B. L., & Bimonte-Nelson, H. A. Medroxyprogesterone acetate impairs memory and alters the GABAergic system in aged surgically menopausal rats. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2010; 93, 444-453.

Butler, T.R., Smith, K.J., Self, R.L., Braden, B.B., Prendergast, M.A. Sex differences in neurotoxic effects of adenosine A1 receptor antagonism during ethanol withdrawal: reversal with an A1 receptor agonist or an NMDA receptor antagonist. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2008; 32(7), 1260-70.

Smith, K.J., Butler, T.R., Self, R.L., Braden, B.B., Prendergast, M.A. Potentiation of N-methyl-Daspartate receptor-mediated neuronal injury during methamphetamine withdrawal in vitro requires co-activation of IP3 receptors. Brain Res. 2008; 1187, 67-73. 

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 493Honors Thesis
SHS 494Special Topics
SHS 577Current Research in Autism
SHS 590Reading and Conference
SHS 599Thesis
SHS 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 350Brain Memory and Language
SHS 492Honors Directed Study
SHS 494Special Topics
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 592Research
SHS 792Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 577Communiction Disrder in Autism
SHS 590Reading and Conference
SHS 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 350Brain Memory and Language
SHS 498Pro-Seminar
SHS 499Individualized Instruction
SHS 592Research
SHS 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 577Communiction Disrder in Autism
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 325Physiological Psychology