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Dr. Brandon Alderman

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences

Office: SMH 217C

Email: alderman@rutgers.edu

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Grants
  • Selected Publications
  • Other Information


Brandon Alderman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education and Administration in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences. He has established a patient-oriented research program at the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies to study how exercise and other behavioral interventions can be used to enhance physiological, neurocognitive and psychological resilience. His research program incorporates psychophysiological and cognitive neuroscience techniques, including event-related potentials (ERPs) and impedance cardiography, to better understand acute and chronic adaptations to exercise, and how knowledge of these adaptations can be applied to intervention development. The ultimate goal is to better understand how exercise and/or physical activity may improve emotional reactivity and cognitive function among at-risk patient populations.

Faculty Website

Exercise Psychophysiology Lab Site

Current Research

Combined aerobic and resistance exercise for first episode schizophrenia

Aerobic exercise as a stand-alone intervention for major depressive disorder (MDD)

Examining the acute effects of aerobic exercise on cognitive control and reward processing


NIH Office of the Director (3R01AG070136-02S1) (2022-2023). NIH/OD Admin Research Supplement; (PI Samantha Farris) Development of a novel exercise threat attentional bias assay ($110,740)


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (R21AA029604-01) (2021-2023) Role: PI (MPI: Marsha Bates) Afferent neurocardiac signals, cue reactivity, and cognitive control ($216,290)


National Institute on Aging (R01-AG070136-01) (2021-2025) Role: Co-I (PI Samantha Farris). A Tailored Exposure Intervention for Exercise Anxiety and Avoidance in Cardiac Rehabilitation ($2,775,830)


The Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund Rutgers, (2018-2020). The State University of New Jersey Busch Biomedical Grant Role: Co-I (PI Samantha Farris) Reducing Fear of Body Sensations and Exercise Avoidance in Cardiac Rehabilitation ($40,000)

Selected Publications

Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., & Brush, C. J. (2019). Using event-related potentials to study the effects of chronic exercise on cognitive function. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2016.1223419.

Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Ehmann, P. J., Bocchine, A. J., Bates, M. E., Buckman, J. F., Leyro, T. M., & Alderman, B. L. (2019). Lower resting cardiac autonomic balance in young adults with current major depression. Psychophysiology. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.13385

Lesnewich, L. M., Conway, F. N., Buckman, J. F., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Eddie, D., Olson, R. L., Alderman, B. L., & Bates, M. E. (2019, accepted). Associations of depression severity with heart rate and heart rate variability in young adults across normative and clinical populations. International Journal of Psychophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.06.005

Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Hajcak, G., Selby, E. A., & Alderman, B. L. (2018). Using multilevel modeling to examine blunted neural responses to reward in major depression. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Buckman, J. F., & Alderman, B. L. (2018). A history of sport-related concussion is associated with sustained deficits in conflict and error monitoring. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Olson, R. L., Bixby, W. R., & Alderman, B. L. (2017). Do sport-related concussions result in long-term cognitive impairment? A review of event-related potential research. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., & Alderman, B. L. (2017). A randomized trial of aerobic exercise on cognitive control in major depression. Clinical Neurophysiology, 128, 903-913. PMID: 28402866

Other Information

Courses Taught: 01:377:334 Physical Activity and Health; 01:377:355 Exercise Psychology; 16:572:508 Psychophysiology; 01:377:480 Honors Research Seminar; 16:572:505 Research Methods in Exercise Science