Ryan Holden | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Ryan Holden

Doctoral Student, Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Ryan Holden


Jerseyville, IL

Undergraduate Institution and Degree:

Illinois Wesleyan University; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Current Program:

Ph.D. in Psychology (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Year of Matriculation:


Research Interests:

Brain injury and recovery


Kerr, A., Mueller, T., Dominguez, M., Holden, R. (2014). Aerobic exercise is as effective as skilled reach training in improving functional recovery following ischemic insult in C57BL/6 mice. Poster presented at the FUN conference and the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

Kerr, A., Holden, R. (2015). The effects of good limb training following ischemic insult in C57BL/6 mice. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Future Career Plans:

I graduated from a very small liberal arts school and I loved the entire experience. My hope is to obtain a position and return to a liberal arts school in order to provide the quality of mentorship that I was given as an undergraduate. Being able to teach a group of students with such diverse interests would be an incredible opportunity. My aim is to investigate the effects of traumatic brain injury on development and to devise a more complex cognitive model for TBI rehabilitation.

What Attracted Me to SIU:

Meeting students and faculty who were as interested and invested in academia as I am was amazing. It was pretty much a done deal after my first campus visit. I got a very good idea of the level of support that everyone was willing to give from the start. It was genuine. And made my decision very easy.