Dr. Ryan L. Olson
University of North Texas
Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
(940) 565-3417
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Education

PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2016.
Major: Nutritional Sciences
Degree Specialization: Exercise Psychophysiology
Dissertation Title: Exercise as a neurobehavioral therapy for cognitive control deficits in major depressive disorder
BS, University of Wyoming, 2010.
Major: Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Professional Positions

Academic - Post-Secondary
Assistant Professor, University of North Texas. (2016 – Present).

Professional Memberships

Member, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. (2017 – Present).

Member, Society for Psychophysiological Research. (2013 – Present).

Member, American College of Sport Medicine. (2010 – Present).

Member, North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. (2010 – Present).

Member, Society for Neuroscience. (20132014).

Development Activities Attended

Workshop,"DEXA and Radiation Safety Training," TWU/UNT, Denton, TX, United States of America. (2017).

Workshop,"College of Education - Power Hour Writing Workshop," University of North Texas, Denton, TX, United States of America. (2016).

Workshop,"Getting Started on Research & Grants," University of North Texas, Denton, TX, United States of America. (2016).

Workshop,"Tenure and Promotion," University of North Texas, Denton, TX, United States of America. (2016).

Workshop,"TA/GA and Peer Mentoring Workshop," Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, United States of America. (20152016).

Seminar,"Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series," Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, United States of America. (20102016).

Seminar,"Psychology Department Seminar Series," Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, United States of America. (20102016).

Workshop,"GradFund Grant Writing Program," Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, United States of America. (20142015).

Teaching

Teaching Experience

University of North Texas
KINE 3996, Honors College Mentored Research Experience, 1 course.
KINE 4000, Psychology of Sport, 4 courses.
KINE 4900, Special Problems, 3 courses.
KINE 5125, Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4 courses.
KINE 5135, Exercise and Health Psychology, 2 courses.
KINE 5900, Special Problems, 2 courses.
KINE 5910, Special Problems, 3 courses.
KINE 5940, Current Topics in Kinesiology., 1 course.
KINE 5950, Master's Thesis, 3 courses.
KINE 6125, Sport and Exercise Psychology II, 1 course.
KINE 6135, Exercise and Health Psychology II, 1 course.
KINE 6191, Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1 course.
PSYC 6125, Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1 course.

Teaching at Other Institutions

Rutgers University, Systems Physiology Laboratory, PHYS 357, Spring 2016.

Rutgers University, Systems Physiology Laboratory, PHYS 357, Fall 2015.

Rutgers University, Systems Physiology Laboratory, PHYS 357, Spring 2015.

Rutgers University, Systems Physiology Laboratory, PHYS 357, Fall 2014.

Rutgers University, Systems Physiology Laboratory, PHYS 357, Spring 2014.

Non-Credit Instruction

Seminar, University of North Texas. (2016 – Present).

Directed Student Learning

Undergraduate Honors Thesis,"The effects of acute exercise on state and trait measures of anxiety," Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation. (January 2017 – Present).

Master's Thesis Committee Chair,"Effects of low-intensity aerobic exercise on sustained attention," Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation. (September 2016 – Present).

Master's Thesis Committee Chair,"Effects of acute aerobic exercise on ERP correlates of sleep," Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation. (September 2016 – Present).

Master's Thesis Committee Chair,"Music with and without lyrics increases motivation, affect, and arousal during moderate-intensity cycling," Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation. (September 2016July 2017).

Research

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapter
Alderman, B. L., Bixby, W. R., Olson, R. L. (2017). Using event-related potentials to assess neurocognitive impairment following sports-related concussions. Concussion in athletics. 127-141. New York, NY: NOVA Science Publishers.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L. Prescribing exercise for mental health: Mode and dose-response considerations. Exercise and mental health: Neurobiological mechanisms of the exercise effect on depression, anxiety, and well-being. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Conference Proceeding
Cleveland, D. J., Maroldi, N. J., Olson, R. L., Alderman, B. L. (2017). The relationship between aerobic fitness, autonomic reactivity, and hostility.
Ehmann, P. J., Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Bocchine, A. J., Bhatt, S. N., Banu, A. H., Alderman, B. L. (2017). Age and task-specific moderators of the aerobic fitness and executive function relationship. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Olson, R. L., Bocchine, A. J., Alderman, B. L. (2017). Characterizing treatment response to 8-weeks of aerobic exercise training in major depressive disorder. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Bocchine, A. J., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Alderman, B. L. (2017). Effects of an 8-week moderate-intensity aerobic exercise intervention on episodic memory and cognitive control. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Olson, R. L. (2017). Exercise as a neurobehavioral therapy for improving cognitive control and attention in major depressive disorder. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Shors, T. J. (2016). Combining aerobic exercise and focused-attention meditation to target cognitive control processes in major depressive disorder. Psychophysiology.
Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Ehmann, P. J., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Effects of an 8-week moderate-intensity aerobic exercise intervention on conflict monitoring processes in major depressive disorder. Psychophysiology.
Ehmann, P. J., Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Resting cardiac autonomic balance (CAB) predicts current major depressive disorder. Psychophysiology.
Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Ehmann, P. J., Schreier, C. D., James-Palmer, A. M., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Behavioral and event-related potential indices of cognitive function in long-term yoga practitioners. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Effects of an 8-week aerobic exercise intervention on attention and cognitive control in major depressive disorder. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Ehmann, P. J., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Slow walking on a treadmill workstation does not impair executive functions. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Ehmann, P. J., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Fitness moderates the effect of stress responses and recovery in college-aged students. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Ehmann, P. J., Alderman, B. L. (2016). High-risk sport participation and concussion history on autonomic function. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Alderman, B. L. (2016). The effects of an 8-week aerobic exercise intervention on depressive symptoms and rumination. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Millon, E., Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Shors, T. J. (2016). Mental and physical (MAP) training: A neurogenesis-inspired intervention that turns rumination into reflection.
Banu, L. M., Buckman, J. F., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Eddie, D., Peyser, D., Bates, M. E., Shors, T. J., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Relationships between alcohol use, depression, and neurocardiac functioning.
Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Townsend, M. A., Perucho, J. F., Alderman, B. L. (2015). Concussion history and years of high-risk sport participation on cognitive control.
Shors, T. J., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Alderman, B. L. (2015). Mental and physical (MAP) training: Combining mediation and aerobic exercise enhances synchronized brain responses during conflict monitoring.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Shors, T. J. (2015). Mental and physical (MAP) training as a neurobehavioral intervention for cognitive control and rumination in depression. Psychophysiology.
Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., del Prado, K., Alderman, B. L. (2015). Neural responses to food images in normal weight, overweight, and obese individuals. Psychophysiology.
Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Osovsky, S., Alderman, B. L. (2015). Dose-response and time-course effects of acute resistance exercise on core executive functions. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Shors, T. J. (2015). Effects of a combined mental and physical (MAP) training intervention on depressive symptoms, rumination, mindfulness, and aerobic fitness in major depressive disorder. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Shors, T. J., Olson, R. L., Chang, M., Selby, E. A., Bates, M. E., Alderman, B. L. (2014). Mental and physical (MAP) training: A neurogenesis-inspired intervention enhances health in homeless traumatized young mothers in the community.
Olson, R. L., del Prado, K., Qian, L., Alderman, B. L. (2014). Response monitoring and cognitive control in obesity. Psychophysiology.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Selby, E. A., Bates, M. E., Buckman, J. F., Shors, T. J. (2014). Rumination in major depressive disorder is associated with impaired inhibitory control but preserved temporal dynamics of attention: An ERP study. Psychophysiology.
Olson, R. L., Kwok, A., Gordon, V., Alderman, B. L. (2014). Neuroelectric indices of cognitive control during cycling: Dose-response effects. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Alderman, B. L., Gralla, M. H., Olson, R. L. (2014). Relationship among physical fitness and physical activity to academic and cognitive performance in sixth-grade students. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Townsend, M. A., Perucho, J. F. (2014). Concussion history and years of high-risk sport participation on cognitive control. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Shors, T. J., Olson, R. L., Selby, E. A., Kranzler, A., Panza, E., Anderson, M., Loiselle, R., Tammineed, P., Eddie, D., Bates, M. E., Alderman, B. L. (2013). Mind does matter: Using mental and physical skill (MAP) training to enhance brain health and human happiness.
Olson, R. L., Alderman, B. L. (2013). The relationship between fitness and cognitive function: A heart rate variability examination. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Mattina, D. M. (2012). Effects of low-intensity walking on cognitive functioning. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Delli Paoli, A. G., Olson, R. L., Alderman, B. L. (2011). Relationship between body image concerns, exercise motivation, and behavior: A self-determination perspective. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Alderman, B. L., Benham-Deal, T., Olson, R. L. (2011). Parental and peer influence on middle school children's physical activity. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Journal Article
Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Alderman, B. L. (2017). A randomized trial of aerobic exercise on cognitive control in major depression. Clinical Neurophysiology, 128, 903-913.
Ehmann, P. J., Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Bhatt, S. N., Banu, A. H., Alderman, B. L. (2017). Active workstations do not impair executive function in young and middle-age adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49, 965-974.
Shors, T. J., Millon, E. M., Chang, H. M., Olson, R. L., Alderman, B. L. Do sex differences in rumination explain sex differences in depression?. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 95, 711-718.
Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Ehmann, P. J., Osovsky, S., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Dose-response and time course effects of acute resistance exercise on executive function. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 38, 396-408.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Shors, T. J. (2016). MAP training: combining meditation and aerobic exercise reduces depression and rumination while enhancing synchronized brain activity. Translational Psychiatry, 6(2), e726.
Olson, R. L., Chang, Y., Brush, C. J., Kwok, A. N., Gordon, V. X., Alderman, B. L. (2016). Neurophysiological and behavioral correlates of cognitive control during low and moderate intensity exercise. NeuroImage, 131, 171–180.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J. (2016). Using event-related potentials to study the effects of chronic exercise on cognitive function. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1–11.
Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., O’Sullivan, D. J., Alderman, B. L. (2015). Psychophysiological and ergogenic effects of music in swimming. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 11, 79–87.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Bates, M. E., Selby, E. A., Buckman, J. F., Brush, C. J., Panza, E. A., Kranzler, A., Eddie, D., Shors, T. J. (2015). Rumination in major depressive disorder is associated with impaired neural activation during conflict monitoring. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 269.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L., Mattina, D. M. (2014). Cognitive function during low intensity walking: A test of the treadmill workstation. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11, 752–758.
Shors, T. J., Olson, R. L., Bates, M. E., Selby, E. A., Alderman, B. L. (2014). Mental and Physical (MAP) Training: A neurogenesis-inspired intervention that enhances health in humans. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 115, 3–9.
Alderman, B. L., Olson, R. L. (2014). The relation of aerobic fitness to cognitive control and heart rate variability: A neurovisceral integration study. Biological Psychology. 99, 26–33.
Alderman, B. L., Benham-Deal, T., Beighle, A., Erwin, H. E., Olson, R. L. (2012). Physical education’s contribution to daily physical activity among middle school youth. Pediatric Exercise Science. 24, 634–648.

Presentations Given

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), KINE 2030: Introduction to Kinesiology, Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of North Texas, United States of America. (2017).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), SAS Honors Program Seminar: One Mind, Two Languages, Introduction to the event-related potential, Rutgers University, United States of America. (20142016).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Honors Seminar I in Exercise Science, Study design, population selection, and IRB considerations in human research, Rutgers University, United States of America. (20112016).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Honors Seminar II in Exercise Science, Research methods in exercise science, Rutgers University, United States of America. (20112016).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Bilingualism in the Spanish Speaking World, Psychophysiology research: The event-related potential technique, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2015).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), First-Year Special Interest Group Seminar: Exploring Exercise Science and Sport Psychology, Research opportunities in exercise and sport science, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2015).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Graduate Seminar in Bilingualism, Assessing neurocognitive function through EEG, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2015).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Foundations of Exercise Science & Sport Studies, Exercise physiology: Brain activity during exercise, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2014).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Imagery and sport performance, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2014).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Psychophysiology of Exercise, Cognitive function and exercise, Exercise and anxiety, and Behavioral neuroscience, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2014).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Byrne Seminar: Can Exercise Change Your Brain?, Effects of exercise on mental health, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2013).

Olson, R. L. (Presenter), Exercise Psychology, Exercise and depression, Rutgers University, United States of America. (2013).

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
McFarlin (40%), B. K. (Co-Principal), Vingren (25%), J. L. (Co-Principal), Bowman (15%), E. M. (Supporting), Olson (10%), R. L. (Supporting), Nite (10%), C. (Supporting), "Does daily supplementation with glutathione alter immunity, upper respiratory tract infection, and oxidative stress in individuals training for a half marathon race?," Sponsored by Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd., Private, $290500. (December 1, 2017December 31, 2022).
McFarlin (65%), B. K., Vingren (15%), J. L., Olson (10%), R. L., Bowman (10%), E. M., "Does 90-days of Megasporebiotic supplementation reduce on post-prandial responses to a high-fat meal?," Sponsored by Physicians Exclusive, LLC, Private, $420000. (April 1, 2017December 31, 2022).
McFarlin (90%), B. K. (Principal), Olson (10%), R. L. (Supporting), "The effect of 90-days of prebiotic fiber / probiotic supplementation on body composition and weight management in overweight/obese women," Sponsored by Nu Science Trading, LLC, Private, $35321. (January 1, 2017December 31, 2018).

Intellectual Contributions in Submission

Journal Article
Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., Alderman, B. L. The influence of concussion history and high-risk sport participation on neurocognitive function. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
Alderman, B. L., Ehmann, P. J., Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L. Using the event-related potential technique in concussion research: A review. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Service

University Service

Member, KHPR Activity Program Committee. (2017 – Present).

Member, KHPR Graduate Curriculum Committee. (2017 – Present).

Member, KHPR Space Committee. (2016 – Present).

Professional Service

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Affective Disorders. (2017 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Physical Activity & Health. (2017 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychological Reports. (2017 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Sports Medicine. (2017 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Psychophysiology. (2015 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. (2015 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Comparative Exercise Physiology. (2014 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. (2014 – Present).

Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychophysiology. (2014 – Present).