Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Dr. Shelli Kesler is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Kesler’s academic research program focuses on the application of cognitive neuroscience to the study of clinical populations. Her laboratory seeks to identify the biological mechanisms underlying cognitive deficit, develop and implement novel behavioral interventions for cognitive dysfunction and improve cognitive neuroscience research methodology by introducing new tools for neuroimaging analyses.
Dr. Kesler is particularly interested in the neurotoxic effects of cancer, often referred to as “chemobrain”. She has helped advance this field of research by demonstrating that chemotherapy is associated with a pattern of subtle but diffuse brain injury. She has also introduced a novel, home-based cognitive training program for cancer survivors who are struggling with cognitive difficulties. She was a recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2008 for her research in cognition and cancer. Dr. Kesler is unique in that her research and clinical practice involves both children and adults. She has authored over 50 scientific publications as well as the book “Improving Cognitive Function After Cancer” for lay readers.