Timothy P. Morris


Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy, Human Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Research interests

Traumatic brain injury (TBI); Aging


Dr. Morris’s research is focused on the interplay between the brain and complex exercise behaviors, studying both how exercise can beneficially impact the brain and cognition following traumatic brain injury as well as applying computational approaches to study how the brain helps us engage in complex physical exercise behaviors. Approaches in his lab include structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, EEG, noninvasive brain stimulation, physiological recordings and cognitive assessments.

Selected Publications

Morris, T. P., …, Hillman, C.H., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., McAuley, E., Kramer, A.F (2022). Brain structure and function predict adherence to an exercise intervention in older adults, Med Sci Sport Ex, 1;54(9):1483-1492. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002949

Morris, T. P., Kuyci, …, Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Hillman, C.H., McAuley, E., Kramer. A.F (2022). Resting State Functional Connectivity Provides Mechanistic Predictions of Future Changes in Sedentary Behaviors. Scientific Reports, 12, 940. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-04738-y

Morris, T. P., Chaddock-Heyman, L., Ai, M., Arnold Anteraper, S., Nieto Castañon, A., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Hillman, C.H., McAuley, E., Kramer, A.F. (2021). Enriching activities during childhood are associated with variations in functional connectivity patterns later in life. Neurobiology of Aging, 104, 92-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2021.04.002

Morris, T. P., Fried, P. J., Macone, J., Stillman, A., Gomes‐Osman, J., Costa‐Miserachs, D., Muñoz, J. M. T., Santarnecchi, E., & Pascual‐Leone, A. (2020). Light aerobic exercise modulates executive function and cortical excitability. European Journal of Neuroscience, 51(7), 1723–1734. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.14593

Morris, T. P., Tormos Muñoz, J.-M., Cattaneo, G., Solana-Sánchez, J., Bartrés-Faz, D., & Pascual-Leone, A. (2019). Traumatic Brain Injury Modifies the Relationship Between Physical Activity and Global and Cognitive Health: Results From the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00135

Selected Public Service

Ad hoc reviewer:
European Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Nutrition and Metabolic insights, Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, Research on Aging, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Scientific Reports, Mental Health and PA, Journal of Neuroscience, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise

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