Chelsea Stillman, PhD

Chelsea Stillman

Commercial Translation Program Manager

Brain Health Program Manager, Commercial Translation

Leads all projects under the Brain Health theme to facilitate their transfer to commercial and clinical markets.

Postdoctoral Scholar

NIH/NIMH T32: Clinical Research Training in Geriatric Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Works in Brain Aging and Cognitive Health lab to design and evaluate the effects of lifestyle interventions, including exercise and diet, on brain plasticity and cognitive health.

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Education & Experience

Chelsea Stillman earned her PhD in Psychology from Georgetown University in 2015. She is currently a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she is working to design and evaluate behavioral interventions to maximize brain plasticity across the lifespan. As a result of this research, she became increasingly interested in facilitating the transfer of cutting edge research from academic labs into clinical and commercial contexts. Chelsea is also the president of the University of Pittsburgh Post-Doctoral Association and has led efforts to increase the institutional representation of post-docs at several levels and to strengthen the reach of the association beyond the Health Sciences. Chelsea joined the sciVelo team in early 2017 to play a more direct role in this process.


PhD, Psychology (Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience), Georgetown University, 2015
MA, Psychology, Georgetown University, 2013
BA, Psychology (minor: Chemistry), Colby College, 2010

Research Experience

Postdoctoral Research

Psychiatry and Psychology Departments, Primary Advisor: Kirk I. Erickson, PhD.

Graduate Research

Psychology Department, Georgetown University, Advisor: Darlene V. Howard, PhD.

Undergraduate Research

Psychology Department, Colby College

Biology Department, Colby College

Commercial Translation Experience

  • Research focuses on the experimental design and evaluation of outcomes of randomized clinical trials involving exercise and diet. Her lab uses the results of this research to inform public health recommendations and guidelines for Americans.
  • Involved in research as an undergraduate that resulted in the validation of a new, non-toxic anesthetic for fish. The anesthetic is now patented and widely used on fish hatcheries around the country.