VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans
Steven Nelson, PhD
Dr. Steven Nelson received his Ph.D in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis where he used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand the neurophysiological correlates of learning and memory and the organization of parietal cortex. He is currently the Neuroimaging Core Chief at the VISN 17 Center of Excellence and an affiliated fellow at the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Vital Longevity. His research program at the Center of Excellence relies on resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) analyses as a means of predicting outcomes in returning war Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition, neurofeedback using real-time fMRI is being employed to determine the degree to which individuals can regulate aberrant brain activity, and how this can help modify behavior and cognition.