Postdoc: University of Florida Department of Neurology
Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania, Anthropology
MA: Hunter College, Creative Art
BA: Bard College, Fine Art
During the 2018 calendar year, Dr. Blonder has had significant effort devoted to teaching and service. In the Spring semester of 2018, Dr. Blonder taught a fully online upper level undergraduate course entitled “Introduction to Integrative and Alternative Medicine,” and is developing a hybrid Honors version of this course to teach in 2019. She also served as a preceptor in Introduction to Clinical Medicine (MD 811) during the Spring and Fall 2018 semesters. In addition, Dr. Blonder is a co-Principal Investigator on a grant from the Weil Foundation to offer the fully online University of Arizona Integrative Medicine in Residency program here at UK and to direct a rotation in Integrative Medicine for fourth-year medical students in 2019. Dr. Blonder served on the committees of four students who received their doctoral degrees in May of 2018. At present she is on three doctoral committees and served as a mentor for an undergraduate Honors student who completed her capstone project and graduated in the Spring of 2018.
With respect to research and scholarly activity, Dr. Blonder is the author of a manuscript based on Parkinson’s disease that was published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in May of 2018. She also has a chapter accepted for publication in a forthcoming book.
Dr. Blonder’s service activities are extensive. She continues to serve on the Board of Trustees, having been elected by the UK faculty in 2016. During 2018, Dr. Blonder continues as a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Human Resources & University Relations Committee, and the Finance Committee of the Board. She is an ex-officio voting member of the University Senate and completing a term as an elected member of the University Senate Council. At the college level, Dr. Blonder is an elected member of the College of Medicine (COM) Faculty Council (2017-2020) and serves on the COM Wellness Committee. At the state level, she is a member of the Coalition of Faculty Senate Leadership. 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. She is also actively involved in the peer-review of manuscripts for various journals.
Dr. Blonder is a professor in the department of Behavioral Science and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. She has joint appointments in the departments of Neurology and Anthropology. Her research focuses on the neural substrates of cognitive and emotional processing in healthy volunteers and patients with stroke and Parkinson’s disease. In particular, Dr. Blonder studies the effect stroke and other neurologic illnesses have on both verbal and nonverbal communication and emotion. She has studied the effects of right hemisphere stroke and the concomitant affective dysfunction that is typically observed in association with strokes to the right hemisphere, on social behavior and marital interaction. Dr. Blonder also collaborates with colleagues in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center at the University of Kentucky to study cognitive and emotional processing using functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Blonder, L.X. and Slevin, J.T. (2011) Emotional Dysfunction in Parkinson’s Disease. Behavioural Neurology.24:201-217.
Blonder, L.X., Pettigrew, L.C., Kryscio, R. J. (2012) Emotion Recognition and Marital Satisfaction in Stroke. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 34(6):634-42.
Blonder LX, Slevin JT, Kryscio RJ, Martin CA, Andersen AH, Smith CD, Schmitt FA. (2013) Dopaminergic modulation of memory and affective processing in Parkinson depression. Psychiatry Res. 210(1):146-9.
Andersen, A. H. Smith, CD, Slevin JT, Kryscio RJ, Martin CA, Schmitt FA, and Blonder LX . (2015) Dopaminergic Modulation of Medial Prefrontal Cortex Deactivation in Parkinson Depression. Parkinson’s Disease. Article ID 513452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/513452
Blonder, L.X. Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. May 8, 2018 15(3) · May 2018; DOI: 10.1515/jcim-2016-0065