Charles Hillman

Chuck Hillman

PhD, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland at College Park, 2000
MS, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Florida, 1997
BA, University of Miami, 1994

Area(s) of Expertise

Neurocognitive kinesiology

Research Interests

Dr. Hillman’s primary research emphasis is to better understand factors that relate to increased cognitive health and effective functioning of individuals across the lifespan. Specifically, his research focuses on the relationship between both acute and chronic physical activity participation and cognitive function from a neuroelectric perspective. Using this approach, he has examined the relationship of cardiovascular activity on underlying processes involved in attention, memory, and processing speed. Generally, results from this line of research have suggested that cardiovascular activity benefits cognitive processing for tasks that require greater amounts of executive control; an effect that is less pronounced for tasks requiring lesser amounts of executive control. Accordingly, his findings indicate that cardiovascular activity may have a greater affect on cognitive processes that are more effortful, rather than a general benefit on overall cognitive function.

Curriculum Vitae


Prof. Hillman is a joint appointment between the College of Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.


Department of Psychology
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New psychology professor studies link between physical activity, cognitive health

Chuck Hillman practices what he preaches, applying his research findings to his personal life. When he’s not studying the relationship between physical activity and cognitive health, he’s biking, playing ice hockey, or lifting weights in his home gym.

Northeastern faculty member to assess physical activity guidelines as part of national committee

Psychology professor Charles Hillman, a new member of Northeastern University’s College of Science faculty, has been appointed to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee.