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B. Blair Braden

Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Science


 (480) 727-3414


  • 2012 Ph.D. Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • 2009 M.A. Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  • 2007 B.S. Psychology, Mathematics Minor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky


I received my PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience - Psychology from ASU in 2012. I completed my Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. I am currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and Director of the Autism and Brain Aging Laboratory.

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 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.

Research Activity

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.