Abigail Kerr

Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Scholarly and Creative Work

Personal profile


The primary goals of my research are to explore the behavioral and neuroanatomical effects of experience following exercise and/or nervous system damage. Specifically, I am interested in the role of vascular plasticity (angiogenesis and vascular remodeling) in behavioral outcome following aerobic exercise and ischemic stroke.  It is my goal for my students to learn to appreciate the incredible plastic capabilities of the brain and to understand how behavior, learning, and environmental stimulation interact to impact the structure and function of the central nervous system.  I hope that as students leave my classroom they will understand how to observe and ask questions about the world around them and how to use the scientific method to explore possible answers to those questions.

Education/Academic qualification

Department of Psychology, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Department of Psychology, Ph. D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Department of Psychology, M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


  • Neuroscience and Neurobiology
  • Psychology