Naiman Khan

313 Louise Freer Hall
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Curriculum Vita

Naiman Khan

Assistant Professor
Director, Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab
PHD in Nutritional Sciences, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cognitive Neuroscience, Lifestyles and Diet

Dr. Naiman Khan's research interest is in the area of Nutritional Neuroscience. Our laboratory utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to integrate knowledge in the disciplines of dietetics, body composition, and cognitive neuroscience to understand the interactions between lifestyle behaviors (e.g., diet and physical activity), abdominal adiposity, and cognitive and brain health in the pediatric and adult population. The knowledge gained from this work is used to develop effective behavioral or environmental strategies of mitigating the detrimental effects of obesity and metabolic risk on measures of physical and mental health.

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Representative Publications

Khan, N.A., Raine, L.B., Drollette, E.S., Scudder M.R., & Hillman, C.H. (in press). The relation of saturated fats and dietary cholesterol to childhood cognitive flexibility. Ziauddeen, H., Alonso-Alonso, M., Hill, J.O., Kelley, M., & Khan, N.A. (2015) The neurocognitive basis of overeating and obesity: food reward and the control of intake. Advances in Nutrition, vol. 6: 474-486.

Khan, N.A., Raine, L.B., Drollette, E.S., Scudder, M.R., Pontifex, M.B., Castelli, D.M., Donovan, S.M., Evans, E.M., & Hillman, C.H. (2014). Impact of the FITKids physical activity intervention on adiposity in prepubertal children. Pediatrics, 133, e875-e883. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-2246

Khan, N.A. & Hillman, C.H. (2014). The relation of childhood physical activity and aerobic fitness to brain function and cognition: A review. Pediatric Exercise Science, 26, 138-146. doi: 10.1123/pes.2013-0125

Khan, N.A., Raine, L.B., Donovan, S.M., & Hillman, C.H. (2014). The cognitive implications of obesity and nutrition in childhood. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79, 51-71. doi:10.1111/mono.12130

Khan, N.A., Baym, C.L., Monti, J. M., Raine, L.B., Drollette, E.S., Scudder, Davis Moore, R., M.R., Kramer, A.F., Hillman, C.H., & Cohen, N.J. (2014). Central adiposity is negatively associated with hippocampal dependent relational memory among overweight and obese children. Journal of Pediatrics. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.10.008

Khan, N.A., Raine, L.B., Drollette, E.S., Scudder M.R., Kramer, A.F., & Hillman, C.H. (2015). Dietary fiber is positively associated with cognitive control in prepubertal children. Journal of Nutrition. doi:10.3945/jn.114.198457

Baym, C.L., Khan, N.A., Monti, J. M., Raine, L.B., Drollette, E.S., Davis Moore, R., Scudder, M.R., Kramer, A.F., Hillman, C.H., & Cohen, N.J. (2014). Differential impact of dietary lipids on hippocampal-dependent relational memory in prepubescent children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 99, 1026-1032. doi:10.3945/ajcn.113.079624

Pontifex, M.B., Kamijo, K., Scudder, M.R., Raine, L.B., Khan, N.A., Hemrick, B., Evans, E.M., Castelli, D.M., Frank, K.A. & Hillman, C.H. (2014). The differential association of adiposity and fitness with cognitive control in preadolescent children. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79, 72-92. doi: 10.1111/mono.12131

Baym, C.L., Khan, N.A., Pence, A., Raine, Hillman, C.H., & Cohen, N.J. (2014). Aerobic fitness predicts relational memory but not item memory performance in healthy young adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00667

Scudder, M.R., Khan, N.A., Lambourne, K., Drollette, E.S., Herrmann, S., Betts, J.L., Washburn, R., Donnelly, J.E., & Hillman, C.H. (2014). Cognitive control in preadolescent children with risk factors for metabolic syndrome. Health Psychology. doi: 10.1037/hea0000114