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Kelly Sheppard Selected for Outstanding Research Mentorship Award

June 15, 2016

Kelly Sheppard, a graduate student in Developmental Psychology, is the recipient of the 2016 Psychology Club’s Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship.

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10 Questions with Grace Millsap

March 2, 2016


This week we continue our series "10 Questions with the Cheatham Lab". Get to know Grace Millsap, a research assistant and former intern in the lab!

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10 Questions with Kelly Sheppard

February 19, 2016


This week we continue our series "10 Questions with the Cheatham Lab". Get to know Kelly Sheppard, a graduate student in the lab!

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Experimental Biology, 2016

January 29, 2016

Congratulations to two members of the Cheatham Lab on having their abstracts accepted to Experimental Biology 2016.

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Dr. Carol L. Cheatham, 2015 recipient of the Stephenson and Lindquist Award

Carol pic best format (2)The Stephenson and Lindquist Award is given to UNC Chapel Hill Psychology and Neuroscience faculty members and its purpose is to support the research activities of the faculty. There were a total of six recipients.

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Graduate Student Update: Fall, 2015

By Kelly Shepherd

Channing MazeThis has been an exciting year for the graduate students in the Cheatham Lab. I gave a talk on the Maze (see the picture to the left) that we’ve been using with children 7 to 12 years old. The maze is a brand new idea that we have been testing as a better measure of planning than some of the other measures that exist.

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A fast food experiment

July 28, 2015


Re-posted with permission from Dr. Magryta, Salisbury Pediatric Associates, PA.

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By Kelly Sheppard

Summer, 2014

Our new study with 7- to 12-year-olds is so much fun. We call it the MAZE study because we are testing our new game, a maze, where participants have to go from one end of the room to the other end of the room by figuring out which are the correct squares to step on.

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DSC01674Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

By Kelly Sheppard

Summer, 2014

The Cheatham Lab has a cool new tool for understanding nutrition and cognitive development.

It’s called a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system. NIRS offers another way to examine brain activity while people complete various tasks.

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Interns, 2014

This past year, we collaborated with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) on a project where we hosted two interns to assist with work on the BERRY study.  Indhu Gopal, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Health & Human Performance Department selected Erick  Velazquillo and A’Tyan Kennedy, upper-level students at JCSU.

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Interns Create “Sara Bellum” Kits for Local Elementary Schools

Summer, 2013

DSC01453Last year for the NC Science Festival, the Cheatham Lab partnered with Kannapolis Parks and Recreation and the Kannapolis library to showcase children’s musician Roger Day’s newest CD, Why Does Gray Matter?  All of the songs were in some way related to the brain.

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Thank you and farewell to our toddlers...

By Andrea Armer

Summer, 2014

We have been diligently working on a follow-up study to the human milk study that was conducted from 2009 to 2011. The original study involved bringing in babies at six months of age to see if the mom’s genotype for the gene that determines how fatty acids are used in the body, affect the baby’s recognition memory abilities.

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Dr. C's Corner

September, 2012

I recently completed a lecture tour in Vietnam and Singapore during which I was speaking to health care professionals about the importance of maternal nutrition. I basically was asked to educate them on the nutrients that are important during pregnancy for the proper functioning of the baby’s brain.

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It's Official! Congrats Dr. Sheppard!

May 7, 2016

P1280874Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Sheppard! We wanted to share photos of Dr. Sheppard during her Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at Chapel Hill on May 7th 2016.

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Cheatham Lab in the Community

April 14, 2016


BoysandGirlsClub2The Cheatham Lab has had the opportunity to participate in several community service activities in the Kannapolis and Concord area.

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10 Questions with Christa Turski, Recruiter

April 13, 2016


11728864_10205264234914129_4239239818865586161_oGet to know Christa Turski, recruiter in the Cheatham lab!

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10 Questions with Thomas Jackson, Research Technician

March 16, 2016

Meet the newest member of the Cheatham Lab - even though he's been with us for a year and a half - Thomas Jackson!


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Graduate Student Update: Congratulations Dr. Kelly Sheppard!

March 14, 2016


We would like to congratulate one of our graduate students on successfully defending her dissertation in Chapel Hill on Friday, March 11th. Congratulations Dr. Kelly Sheppard!

Find out what's next for Dr. Sheppard.

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10 Questions with Grant Canipe, Graduate Student

February 24, 2016

Get to know Concord native and Cheatham Lab graduate student, Grant Canipe.


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10 Questions with Dr. Carol L. Cheatham

February 11, 2016

Today is the first ever International Day of Women in Science!

To celebrate, we are kicking off "10 Questions with the Cheatham Lab". Continue reading to get to know Dr. Cheatham a little better!

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Graduate Student Update: January, 2016


Congratulations to graduate student Grant Canipe, a 2015 Dashiell Student Travel Award Recipient.

25 graduate students in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience were selected to receive a 2015 Dashiell Student Travel Award.

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Dr. C’s Corner: Fall, 2015

Foods The Way Nature Intended

By Carol L. Cheatham, Ph.D.

Carol pic best format (2)Nutrients do not appear in nature in isolation: there is no such thing as a fruit that contains JUST vitamin C. All foods have several vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This food “matrix” helps vitamins and minerals to be available for the body’s use – a function called bioavailability. We have started thinking about bioavailability with respect to issues scientists have had finding evidence that one nutrient or the other has an effect on development. What if it is not one nutrient or the other, but rather is one food or the other?

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B.E.R.R.Y Study Update: Fall 2015

By Grace Millsap

Blueberry-BenefitsIt has been quite the adventure since we screened our first BERRY participant in February of 2012! It was truly an honor to meet each one of you that has volunteered to be a part of this study. Here are a few statistics that we thought were pretty neat:

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frontpage7Carol L. Cheatham, Ph.D. presented with National TRIO Achiever’s Award

September 2014


Carol L. Cheatham, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology is one of 13 faculty members at the Nutrition Research Institute. Her research focuses on how nutrition can improve brain function. Specifically, her team studies the importance of nutrients for the development of memory and attention abilities.

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You Can Put Your Socks Back on Now

By Dr. Cheatham

Summer, 2014

Between February and May of this year alone I traveled over 175,000 air miles. I have been from the Philippines to Sweden, from China to Germany.

Where do I begin to tell you about the things I have learned, the people I have met, and the children I hope I have helped?

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Gambia EIDr. C's Corner

Summer, 2013


We have funding from the Gates Foundation to work at the Medical Research Council (UK) field station in Keneba with women and children from the West Kiang region of The Gambia, West Africa.

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