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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, Walker EA, Lee WH, Benavente AM, McCreery RW (in press). Somatosensory gating is related to behavioral and verbal outcomes in children with mild-to-severe hearing loss. Cerebral Cortex. Accepted for publication.​

Heinrichs-Graham E, Walker EA, Taylor BK, Menting SC, Eastman JA, Frenzel MR, McCreery RW (2022). Auditory experience modulates frontoparietal theta activity serving fluid intelligence. Brain Communications 4(2):fcac093. PMID: 35480224.

Heinrichs-Graham E, Wiesman AI, Embury CM, Schantell MD, Joe TR, Eastman JA, Wilson TW (2022). Differential impact of movement on the alpha and gamma dynamics serving visual processing. Journal of Neurophysiology 127(4):928-937. PMID: 35264002.

Heinrichs-Graham E, Walker EA, Eastman JA, Frenzel MR, McCreery RW (2022). Amount of hearing aid use impacts neural oscillatory dynamics underlying verbal working memory processing for children with hearing loss. Ear and Hearing 43(2):408-419. PMID: 34291759.

Heinrichs-Graham E, Walker EA, Eastman JA, Frenzel MR, Joe TR, McCreery RW (2021). The impact of mild-to-severe hearing loss on the neural dynamics serving verbal working memory processing in children. NeuroImage: Clinical 30:102647. PMID: 33838545.

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.​