Eleanna Varangis, a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology, is the recipient of a 2016 Baughman Dissertation Research Award.
The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC offers the Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award annually to two of the top researchers within the department. The purpose of this award is to promote and support innovative dissertation research in our department and to support award recipients in their completion of their dissertation projects.
Eleanna won for her dissertation, “Persistent Neurocognitive Effects of Concussion in Middle-Adulthood.” She examines general cognitive functioning and specific neural substrates of memory performance in a sample of former NCAA athletes with/without a history of concussion. The goal of her research is to advance our understanding of the long-term cognitive and neurological consequences of concussion.