2012-2013: Adele Diamond

Adele Diamond is named the 2012-2013 Pease Family Scholar by the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. Diamond is one of the world’s leading researchers on the brain’s cognitive functions.


Diamond earned her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College, doctoral degree at Harvard University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

In 2004, she joined the faculty of the University of British Columbia and currently holds the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professorship in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. She studies the part of the brain that controls core mental processes important for problem solving, negotiation and reasoning. Diamond and her research team were the first to demonstrate a strong link between early cognitive development and brain function in infants. 

Diamond has been featured in multiple talks and conferences, including National Public Radio and TED.


As the 2012-2013 Pease Family Scholar, Diamond discussed the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of physical activity and their importance to professional success through a presentation titled “Exercise for Success in School and Career” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Her talk was free and open to the public.