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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society and a faculty associate at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. I am a past awardee of the NIH/NIA Butler Williams Scholars Program, a former scholar of the NIH-funded Sustained Training on Aging and HIV Research (STAHR) program at the University of California, San Diego, a 2022 Association for Psychological Science Rising Star recipient, and currently a funded scholar on the University of Kentucky's NIH-funded K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program.

I received my MA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2014 and my doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017. Before becoming faculty at the University of Kentucky, I completed my postdoctoral training at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine from 2017-2019.

Research Interests

My research is interdisciplinary sitting at the intersection of developmental psychology, injury prevention, and transportation safety. I take a lifespan approach to understand the complex associations between cognitive decline, chronic health burden, and the environment on driving mobility in mid and later life. Specifically, I am interested in how driving and transportation behaviors change over the lifespan and how these changes in behavior may predict later cognitive impairment. The overall goal of my research is to prevent unintentional injuries, support and sustain functional independence in later life, and promote healthy aging through unique behavioral and cognitive solutions.

Graduate Students & Trainees

Doctoral Student (2021 - present): Lauren Roach, MPH

Courses Taught

Graduate (University of Kentucky):

Research Design in Gerontology (GRN 650, Co-taught)

Human Aging and Adjustment (GRN 620, Co-taught)

A Study of the Older Person (GRN 600, Co-taught)

Psychology of Aging (GRN 610)

Graduate (The Ohio State University)

Injury Epidemiology (PUBHEPI 6432, Invited Lecturer)

Undergraduate (The Ohio State University)

Injury: A Public Health Problem (PUBHEPI 4432, Invited Lecturer)

Undergraduate (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Psychology and Aging (PY425)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Masters of Arts, The combined effects of a walking program & Sudoku puzzles on executive functions in older adults, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Award Date: Dec 6 2014

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Alabama-University College



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