More About Me
Making your brain health a priority- not an option!
Greetings! I am Dr. Krystal L. Culler, DBH, M.A and I am the Founder of Your Brain Health Matters.
I hold a Doctorate of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree and
my areas of expertise are in healthy aging, brain health, memory care, and dementia risk reduction.
Since many people ask, a Doctorate in Brain Health would be an amazing program to study,
but that was not my "official" degree program.
Fortunately, I am a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
with the Global Brain Health Institute.
I did complete a one-year fellowship program and five-month residency
training at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland focused on brain health and dementia prevention.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience was personally transformative.
I am still processing the information I learned from this program
and applying it to my work and future career goals (making the connections).
I consider myself a lifelong learner and I strive to learn new things about the brain and brain health!
Due to my own brain misfiring in an isolated seizure event (5+ minutes) during graduate school,
my career path shifted from a traditional academic track to a healthcare practitioner role.
At the time, I made the difficult decision to leave my Ph.D. program and
pursued an applied healthcare doctoral degree to gain additional training in
the Triple Aim (better care, better health, lower costs),
evidence-based program development, and business entrepreneurship.
Central to my doctoral training is the design of cost-effective population health approaches
to treat chronic and comorbid conditions while addressing social determinants of health,
recognizing that the majority of health is treated beyond medical and behavioral healthcare settings
and within the community, where I have implemented my award-winning programs & services.
Luckily, things have a way of working out- and I have found a career path that is both my passion and interest-
at the intersection of brain health & wellness and the health/aging services sectors.
(Sadly, it took an extreme health event -my own brain misfiring-
for me to pay attention to my brain & body but we all learn, right?)
"If you do not live the message of your work, it is not a good message."
My personal brain health & wellness journey is a work in progress and
I have learned to make it a priority, not an option!
(Currently, I am focusing on the restfulness aspects of my brain health including sleep and meditation.)
When I am not talking about brain health or dogs, I can likely be found curled up reading a book
(typically related to the brain) with my weighted dog blankets or fat cat, being outdoors,
or daydreaming my next adventure.
Following my time in Ireland, I caught the "travel bug" and I take pleasure in traveling abroad to new places.
(I welcome all suggestions for amazing places to visit.)
I enjoy spending time with my pets, husband, family, friends, and
I am absolutely thrilled to be an aunt to the most adorable, smart, fun nieces and nephews!
I hope this personal introduction provides you a glimpse into my passion for my career path-
one that I have chosen and truly enjoy.
In brain health & wellness,
Doctorate of Behavioral Health (DBH)- Healthcare Management Concentration
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Master of Arts Degree in Psychology of Adult Development & Aging
The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gerontology and Sociology (double-major); Developmental Psychology Minor
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
Applied Neuroscience & Brain Health | The Neuroscience Academy
Certified Brain Health Coach | The Amen Clinics
Consulting with Purpose
I have over ten years of advanced training, knowledge, and skills in gerontology, developmental disabilities, and best practices in aging services, brain health, and memory care.
Since 2011, I have been involved in intervention work which translates evidence-based research in cognitive health and aging into pursuits practiced in a socially supportive context that resulted in healthy lifestyle modifications of older adults. For nearly 5 years, I have held executive-level positions with two different non-profit organizations in the aging care sector.
As a practitioner in the aging field, I have had the unique opportunity to be the inaugural, endowed Director of the first non-pharmacological, non-hospital based center for brain health co-located on a senior living campus in the United States and Associate Executive Director of the only social-model adult day, memory care center in South Carolina.
I have had a chance to develop new health-based programs for the community at large, create new residential programming for a large senior living campus, revamp programming for a social-model adult day, memory care center and expand community educational outreach efforts. I have developed and managed a comprehensive brain-healthy lifestyle program for the largest senior living campus in Ohio and for a social model adult day center. Under my leadership, the organizations have received international and national awards from leading organizations in the aging field and I have been fortunate to receive recognition for my contributions to the community (view the Awards page).
Atlantic Fellows Podcast with Dr. Culler
Academic & Professional Background
Brain Health & Memory Care Expert
Associate Executive Director | Hilton Head Island, SC
Associate Executive Director of the only social-model adult day, memory care center in South Carolina.
Developed, implemented, and managed a comprehensive brain-healthy lifestyle program to benefit the health and cognition of the memory care center participants.
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health | Dublin, Ireland
In 2018, I represented Cleveland, Ohio as an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health with the Global Brain Health Institute and completed a year-long training and five-month residency at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
This training opportunity provided skills and knowledge to reduce the scale and impact of dementia by collaborating in expanding prevention and interventions, by sharing knowledge/engaging in advocacy, and ways to improve dementia practice.
Director, Center for Brain Health | Cleveland, OH
Inaugural, endowed director of the first non-pharmacological, non-hospital-based center for brain health located on a senior living campus in the United States.
Developed the center’s programs and services from a business plan to an operational center within 6 months into an international and national award-winning center within 16 months.
Research Associate & Program Evaluator |
I worked with a clinical geropsychologist for the development of her early memory loss group and coinciding carer support group programming that was part of her cognitive fitness gym in her clinical practice.
The cognitively stimulating group was designed for older adults with low mood or depression, early-stage dementia, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), as well as, community-dwelling older adults with brain health concerns.