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Behavioral Science




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Photo of Lee BlonderLee X. Blonder, Ph.D.

(University of Pennsylvania, 1986)

Lee X. Blonder, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Behavioral Science and
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
301 Charles T. Wethington Health Sciences Building
900 S. Limestone St.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Phone: Phone: (859) 257-9223
Fax: (859) 323-2623

Research Description

Dr. Blonder's research focuses on the neural substrates of cognitive and emotional processing in humans. She has studied the effects of right hemisphere stroke and the concomitant "flat affect" that is typically observed in association with strokes to the right hemisphere, on social behavior and marital interaction. Dr. Blonder is also collaborating with colleagues in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center at the University of Kentucky to study cognitive and emotional processing using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Dr. Blonder serves as Director of the Communication and Emotion Research laboratory (CERL), a facility devoted to the analysis of communicative and emotional behavior in a variety of subject populations.

2012 Accomplishments

Dr. Blonder was elected Chair of the University Senate Council in December 2011.  She served as chair-elect from January through May 2012 and began her term as Chair on June 1, 2012.  She was recently re-elected to a second term that will begin on June 1, 2013 and end on May 31, 2014. As Senate Council Chair, Dr. Blonder in collaboration with faculty members on the Board of Trustees and members of the Senate Council, conducted two campus wide forums and wrote a memo to the President and Interim Provost regarding the budget cuts.  Dr. Blonder presides over the University Senate and during the Oct meeting the Senate passed a resolution supporting the recommendations in the Senate Council memo- to which the President responded. The President reduced the cuts to academic and administrative units and invested in strategic initiatives to benefit campus. In addition, the President and Provost requested that the Senate Council chair nominate three additional faculty to serve on both the Provost Council on Metrics and the Provost Financial Model committee.  These faculty are making important contributions to these committees.  Dr. Blonder also served on the Senate Rules and Elections committee until June 1st.  She is a member of the Governing and Administrative Regulations Advisory committee, the Provost Search committee, the College of Medicine Faculty Council, and a Center on Aging faculty search committee.  Nationally she served as a consultant reviewer for the Loan Repayment Programs for both the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.  Dr. Blonder published two refereed journal articles during this calendar year. In one article the first author was an M.D. Ph.D. student and in the second Dr. Blonder was first-author. She has a book chapter in press and another article under review. She submitted two grants: an R21 as Principal Investigator and an RO3 as co-investigator with Principal Investigator Moon Choi in the College of Social Work.  She presented one paper nationally with a former doctoral student and colleagues and two regionally. In addition to serving on several doctoral student committees, Dr. Blonder was a preceptor in Introduction to Clinical Medicine in the Spring of 2012. 

Research Funding

Co-Investigator, "Detection of Presymptomatic Alzheimer Disease by fMRI," NINDS, 1997-2000.

Principal Investigator, "Neural Substrates of Facial and Lexical Emotion Using fMRI," NSF, 1997-2000.

Representative Publications

Langer, S.L., Pettigrew, L.C., Wilson, J.F., & Blonder, L.X. (2000). Channel-consistency following unilateral stroke: An examination of patient communication across verbal and non-verbal domains. Neuropsychologia, 38, 337-344.

Blonder, L.X., Hodes, J., Ranseen, J., & Schmitt, F. (1999). Neuropsychological outcome following gamma knife radiosurgery for arteriovenous malformations: A Preliminary Report. Applied Neuropsychology, 6(3), 181-186.

Blonder, L.X. (1999). Brain and emotion relations in culturally diverse populations. In A.L. Hinton (Ed.), Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions. Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 274-296.

Langer, S.L., Pettigrew, L.C., Wilson, J.F., & Blonder, L.X. (1998). Personality and social competency following unilateral stroke. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 4, 447-455.

Smith, C.D., Anderson, A.H., Chen, Q., Blonder, L.X., Kirsch, J.E., & Avison, M.J. (1996). Cortical activation in visual confrontation naming. Neuro Report, 7, 781-785.

Blonder, L.X., Kort, E.D., & Schmitt, F.A. (1994). Conversational discourse in patients with Alzheimer?s disease. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 4(1), 50-71.

Blonder, L.X., Bowers, D., & Heilman, K.M. (1991). The role of the right hemisphere in emotional communication. Brain, 114(3), 1115-1127.

Blonder, L.X., Gur, R.E., & Gur, R.C. (1989). The effects of right and left hemiparkinsonism on prosody. Brain and Language, 36(2), 193-207.

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