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Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Ph.D.


Elizabeth Heinrichs-Graham, Ph.D., is the Director of the Cognitive and Sensory Imaging Laboratory in the Institute for Human Neuroscience. She is a cognitive neuroscientist by training, and received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Nebraska – Omaha. Her work utilizes advanced neuroimaging methods such as magnetoencephalography (MEG) and structural MRI to identify the dynamics of brain function and dysfunction in children and adults. She has substantial experience in the identification and characterization of oscillatory cortical responses associated with attention, working memory, executive function, auditory processing, and motor control. Dr. Heinrichs-Graham also has an extensive collaborative history and has provided MEG expertise to various teams examining cognitive processing in patients with various neurological and psychiatric disorders, in addition to a wealth of studies focusing on healthy brain development throughout the lifespan.


Creighton University, B.S. 2010
Psychology and Chemistry

University of Nebraska-Omaha, Ph.D. 2015
Neuroscience and Behavior
Dissertation: Neurophysiological mechanisms of motor control deficits in Parkinson's disease

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2017
Neural and Cognitive Development

Research Interests

Dr. Heinrichs-Graham takes a multidisciplinary approach to determine the complex brain structure-function-behavior links that underlie sensory experience, perception, and high-order cognitive and motor processing throughout the lifespan. Her current research focuses on the impact of mild-to-severe hearing loss and the amount and quality of hearing intervention on cognitive and neural development in children and adolescents.

Selected Recent Publications

Heinrichs-Graham E, Taylor BK, Wang Y-P, Stephen JM, Calhoun VD, Wilson TW (2020). Parietal oscillatory dynamics mediate developmental improvement in motor performance. Cerebral Cortex 30(12):6405-6414. PMID: 32705142.

Heinrichs-Graham E, McDermott TJ, Mills MS, Wiesman AI, Wang Y-P, Stephen JM, Calhoun VD, Wilson TW (2018). The lifespan trajectory of oscillatory activity in the motor cortex. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 30:159-268. PMID: 29525417.

Heinrichs-Graham E, Hoburg JM, Wilson TW (2018). The peak frequency of motor-related gamma oscillations is modulated by response competition. NeuroImage 165: 27-34. PMID: 28966082.

Heinrichs-Graham E, Santamaria PM, Gendelman HE, Wilson TW (2017). The cortical signature of symptom laterality in Parkinson's disease. NeuroImage: Clinical 14: 433-440. PMID: 28271041.

Heinrichs-Graham E, McDermott TJ, Mills MS, Coolidge NM, Wilson TW (2017). Transcranial direct-current stimulation modulates offline visual oscillatory activity: A magnetoencephalography study. Cortex 88: 19-31. PMID: 28042984.

Heinrichs-Graham E, Wilson TW (2016). Is an absolute level of cortical beta suppression required for proper movement? Magnetoencephalographic evidence from healthy aging. NeuroImage 134:514-521. PMID: 27090351.

Heinrichs-Graham E, Wilson TW (2015). Spatiotemporal oscillatory dynamics during the encoding and maintenance phases of a visual working memory task. Cortex 69:121-30. PMID: 26043156.