- Research Program Mentor
PhD at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
neuroscience, neuropsychology, learning, memory, neuroimaging, psychometrics, clinical psychology, aging, Alzheimer's disease, statistics, community engagement, mental health
BioHello! My name is Kyle Jennette! I'm a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist! Neuropsychology is the study of cognitive abilities like attention, processing speed, memory, visuospatial skills, and executive functioning and how those abilities correspond with specific parts of the brain. When people have insults to their brains (like a head injury or a neurologic disease), neuropsychologists evaluate how well their cognitive brain functions are working with noninvasive paper/pencil type tests and help with treatment planning and rehabilitation. My academic passions focus primarily on the evaluation of cognitive functioning, especially learning and memory, across the lifespan. I'm fortunate enough to work as both a clinician and researcher. In my role as a neuropsychologist, I evaluate the cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning of patients with wide variety of presenting conditions including brain injuries, neurologic diseases, and psychiatric disorders. As a researcher, I study better ways to evaluate diverse and underserved populations and increase access to neuropsychological and psychological services. I've done this through studying our neuropsychological measures and their correlations with neuroimaging and the effects of health behaviors, such as diet and aerobic exercise on connectivity in the brain. In my personal life, I'm passionate about education and mental health advocacy! I volunteer as a tutor, teach undergraduate and graduate school classes in Statistics and Neuropsychology, and am active in my community. When I'm not doing nerdy things, I'm playing with my dog Remy or keeping up on politics and current events (but I guess that's nerdy too, huh?).
Conducting and writing a scientific review
In this project, you will write a scientific review-style paper on a topic of your choice. Topics could range anywhere within psychology or neuroscience, from "how do we diagnose dementia?" to "what are genetic causes of Alzheimer's disease." This process will teach you how to find, access, and critically analyze existing scientific literature and how to assemble primary literature into a scientific review. You will gain skills in writing and editing, as well as an in-depth knowledge of your chosen research topic.
Designing and completing a research project
Have you ever wanted to be a real-life scientist, but you don’t have your very own lab? In this project, you will design a research project that can be completed at home, gather data, and present that data as either a scientific poster or talk. You will learn about the scientific process, how to construct appropriate figures for your data, and how to communicate your results in a formal presentation. You will learn valuable research skills including identifying your independent and dependent variables, statistical analysis, and how to design the best approach to answering any scientific question!