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Jennifer J. Heisz

Associate Professor at McMaster University and Author of Move the Body, Heal the Mind, McMaster University

Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz is an expert in brain health and author of Move the Body, Heal the Mind. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and directs the NeuroFit Lab, which has attracted over $1 million to support her research program on the effects of exercise for brain health. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (McMaster) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brain Health and Aging at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital (Toronto). Dr. Heisz's research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Many honors and awards recognize Dr. Heisz for her outstanding contributions to research including the Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario, the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, McMaster University


  • 2010 
    McMaster University, PhD Cognitive Neuroscience