C.J. Brush, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Exercise, Sport, and Health Sciences
875 Perimeter Dr.
Moscow, ID 83844-2401
- Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, 2019
- B.S., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Exercise Science & Sport Studies, 2014
- Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 2021-2022
- Regional Doctoral Scholar Award, American Kinesiology Association, 2019
- Research Training Fellowship, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2018-2019
- Student Poster Award, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2016
- Academic Excellence Award, Rutgers University, 2012
Dr. C.J. Brush is an Assistant Professor of Exercise, Sport, and Health Sciences who graduated with a Ph.D. in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology from Rutgers University and completed postdoctoral training in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at Florida State University. Dr. Brush’s research spans multiple disciplines (e.g., exercise science, neuroscience, psychophysiology, psychiatry, and clinical psychology) and aims to better understand associations between health-oriented behaviors and cognitive-affective vulnerability factors implicated in depression and related psychopathology across the lifespan (i.e., adolescence through older adulthood).
To accomplish this work, Dr. Brush’s research employs multiple units of analysis, including self-reports, interviews, and both behavioral and psychophysiological measures. Dr. Brush’s work has been published in top-tier journals, such as Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Neuroimage, Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging, Translational Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and Journal of Abnormal Psychology (now Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science). He is also a member of various professional scientific societies, including the American College of Sports Medicine, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and regularly presents his work at their annual meetings.
- Exercise and health psychology
- Understand interactions between cognitive-affective processes and health-related factors (e.g., physical inactivity, sedentary behavior, sleep, acute and chronic stress exposure) to better inform models of risk for psychopathology and poor mental health outcomes across the lifespan (e.g., adolescents, young adults, and older adults)
- Examine effects of acute and chronic exercise training programs on cognitive function and emotion in individuals with and without depression
- Brush, C. J., Burani, K., Schmidt, K. M., Santopetro, N. J., & Hajcak, G. (2021). The impact of a single session of aerobic exercise on positive emotional reactivity in depression: Insight into individual differences from the late positive potential. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 144, 103914.
- Bowyer, C., Brush, C. J., Threadgill, H., Harmon-Jones, E., Treadway, M., Patrick, C. J., & Hajcak, G. (2021). The effort-doors task: Examining the temporal dynamics of effort-based reward processing using ERPs. NeuroImage, 228, 117656.
- Klawohn, J., Brush, C. J., & Hajcak, G. (2021). Neural responses to reward and pleasant pictures prospectively predict remission from depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 130(7), 702-712.
- Brush, C. J., Foti, D., Bocchine, A. J., Muniz, K. M., Gooden, M. J., Spaeth, A. M., Miller, M. W., & Alderman, B. L. (2020). Acute exercise enhances positive emotional reactivity in individuals with depressive symptoms: Evidence from neural responses to reward and emotional content. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 19, 100339.
- Brush, C. J., Bocchine, A. J., Olson, R. L., Ude, A. A., Dhillon, S. K., & Alderman, B. L. (2020). Does aerobic fitness moderate age-related cognitive slowing? Evidence from P3 and lateralized readiness potentials. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 155, 63-71.
- Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Olson, R. L., Bixby, W. R., & Alderman, B. L. (2018). Do sport-related concussions result in long-term cognitive impairment? A review of event-related potential research. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 132 (Part A), 124-134.
- Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Buckman, J. F., & Alderman, B. L. (2018). A history of sport-related concussion is associated with sustained deficits in conflict and error monitoring. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 132 (Part A), 145-154.
- Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., & Shors, T. J. (2016). Mental and physical (MAP) training: Combining meditation and aerobic exercise reduces depression and rumination while enhancing synchronized brain activity. Translational Psychiatry, 6, e726.
- Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Ehmann, P. J., Osovsky, S., & Alderman, B. L. (2016). Dose-response and time course effects of acute resistance exercise on executive function. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38(4), 396-408.
For a full listing of publications, refer to Dr. Brush’s Google Scholar.