TWU Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate faculty status is open to all full-time TWU faculty members who are currently conducting or are interested in conducting research which is consistent with the mission of the Woodcock Institute.

The benefits of affiliate faculty status are:

  1. being invited to a Fall and Spring luncheon to network with other TWU faculty members and share research ideas.
  2. establishing a research identity with the Woodcock Institute which may help faculty secure external funding.
  3. listing "Woodcock Institute Affiliate Faculty" on your CV. 

To apply, download the Woodcock Affiliate Faculty Status Application [.pdf] and email it to


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FacultyDepartmentResearch Interests

Dr. Dayna Loyd Averitt, Ph.D.


Dr. Averitt is a neuroscientist interested in neural mechanisms of pain and analgesia. I use animal models of pain conditions, sensory neuron cultures, and human nerve endings to study molecular mechanisms in the peripheral nerves that may underlie why some pain disorders are more common in females than males. Dr. Averitt is also interested in studying brain circuitry involved in sex differences in pain and opioid analgesia and discovery of novel non-opioid pain therapeutics. 

Key Words: mneurosensory research, pain management, and sex differences in pain.

Dr. Christopher Brower


Despite uncertainty surrounding the exact molecular cause of neurodegeneration, a common feature is the accumulation and aggregation of neuronal protein fragments resulting from
an increase in their production, or a decrease in their removal. Previously we found that the N-end rule pathway of the ubi quitin-proteasome system is able to remove specific protein fragments associated Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’sdisease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. This exciting discovery suggests that defects
in the N-end rule pathway may contribute to neurodegeneration. Our research uses genetically modified mice, yeast, andc ultured cells to understand how aggregation-prone protein fragments cause toxicity to neurons and to identify cellular pathways that prevent neurodegeneration. 

Key Words: neurodegeneration, protein aggregation, and protein degradation.

Dr. Hui-Goh

Physical Therapy

Understanding brain plasticity with learning and injury. Our long-term goal is to promote motor recovery after stroke by harnessing neuroplasticity associated with training.
Our training approaches include movement therapies, non-invasive brain stimulation and cognitive-motor interactive therapies.

Key Words: post-stroke recovery, non-invasive brain stimulation, cognitive-motor interaction

Dr. DiAnna Hynds


The research in our laboratory is focused on molecular mechanisms of axon growth and guidance, fundamental processes for neurodevelopment or recovery after damage to the nervous system. This work interfaces with the mission of the Woodcock Institute as it addresses the mechanisms responsible for basic neuroplasticity, the basis behind cognition. In particular, we are interested in distribution of particular proteins (e.g. neurexin) that are involved in determining synapse identity. These proteins are dysregulated in developmental conditions, including autism spectrum disorders. Thus, we have a mechanistic connection to understanding neurocognition, its testing, and the neuroanatomical correlates of variation in cognition.

Key Words: neurodevelopment, neuroregeneration, autism spectrum disorders

Dr. Wendi Johnson

Psychology & Philosophy

Applying evidence-based interventions across a variety of disabilities. Utilizing assessment data to inform interventions and monitor intervention outcomes.

Key Words: evidence-based interventions, video self-monitoring, executive functioning/cognitive assessment.

Dr. Denise Maricle

Psychology & Philosophy

Evaluating the reliability and validity of assessment instruments for measuring neuropsychological constructs and processes in children.

Key Words: neuropsychological assessment, cognitive assessment, neurocognitive constructs and disorders.

Dr. Jyutika Mehta

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Investigating the neural correlates of speech and language disorders using electrophysiological techniques in adults and children. Current research involves investigating the efficacy of neuromodulation procedures such as Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) with behavioral (cognitive neuropsychological measures) and electrophysiological measures, specifically, event-related potentials (ERPs). 

Key Words: Noninvasive brain stimulation & neuromodulation, electrophysiological assessment, neurodegenerative disorders.

Dr. Diane Myers

Teacher Education (Special Education)

Empirically-supported interventions to increase socially appropriate behavior for students at the school-wide, class-wide, and individual student levels and the connection between behavioral and academic needs for student with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Key Words: behavioral assessment, emotional and behavioral disorders, and positive behavioral interventions.

Dr. Chad Swank

Physical Therapy

Applying neuromodulation interventions (i.e. tDCS) and
assessing the motor-cognitive interplay (i.e. dual task) during functional daily activities. Our goal is to improve functional mobility in people with neurologic disorders and executive function deficits.

Key Words: motor-cognitive interplay, neuromodulation, and executive function.

Dr. Asha Vas

Occupational Therapy

 Integrating principles of cognitive neuroscience into functionally relevant cognitive assessments and enhancement programs, both in healthy adults and in adults with brain injuries.

Key Words: cognitive assessment (executive functions), cognitive training/rehabilitation/remediation (top-down approaches), and functional cognition-brain injury.



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