University of Kentucky, Department of Neurology
Lexington, Kansas – United States
A native Texan, I first came to Kentucky as a teenager and immediately fell in love with the Bluegrass state. Upon graduating from high school, I took some time off to ride and compete horses in three-day eventing and moved to Kentucky. After taking a few years off between high school, I applied and was accepted to Centre College. During this time, I decided to pause my riding activities to focus on my education. After graduating with a bachelors in psychology from Centre, I moved to Fort Worth, Texas to attended graduate school at Texas Christian University (TCU). During graduate school, my research focused on the neurobehavioral consequences of unexpected loss in animal models. While attending a research conference, I became interested in neurotrauma, specifically mild traumatic brain injuries/concussions. I became interested in exploring the behavioral and cognitive sequela of concussion, which led to my post-doctoral research. Upon graduating with a PhD in Experimental Psychology from TCU, I accepted a Post-Doctoral Fellowship position with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Silver Spring, Maryland. That NMRC, I worked with some very talented researchers in the Neurotrauma department to investigate the relationship between military combat related mild traumatic brain injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in both animal and human models. After about a year into my post-doc, I was recruited away by the University of Kentucky to start a neurobehavioral research lab where I could explore injury phenotypes and to develop novel rehabilitation interventions to treat mild cognitive impairment in said populations. I’m very happy to be back in Kentucky. My current research projects involve exploring the effects of video game play in patient with mild cognitive impairment due to injury and exploring the effects of dietary supplements on cognitive recovery in concussion populations.
Thursday, November 7
12:40 PM – 1:25 PM