Dr. Vaillancourt earned his masters and PhD from Pennsylvania State University. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in neurophysiology and neuroimaging. He has been supported by NIH at each level of his academic career. He directs a laboratory that studies health and pathological motor control using structural and functional brain imaging. He is currently an associate professor in kinesiology and nutrition at UIC. He holds secondary appointments in bioengineering, neurology, and the interdisciplinary training program in neuroscience at UIC.