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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Kristen Kennedy


Kristen Kennedy
















About Kristen Kennedy


Dr. Kennedy received her BA in psychology from Hendrix College, her MS in clinical psychology from Emporia State University in Kansas, and her PhD in psychology from Wayne State University in Michigan.


As a postdoctoral fellow in 2010, Dr. Kennedy received a prestigious Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging, a highly competitive 5-year career-development grant given to only a handful of recipients each year. Her dissertation work was recognized by a Dissertation Research Award by the American Psychological Association. She was named a Young Research Fellow by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, one of only two young scientists to receive the honor in 2012, and in 2013 was named a "Rising Star" by the American Psychological Society.


Research Interests


Numerous factors influence the aging of the brain and in part determine how well we are able to age cognitively. I am interested in the neural, genetic and lifestyle factors that guide this process. My research uses structural and functional neuroimaging techniques to investigate how the health of our brain's structure supports the brain's function and how these impact our cognitive performance as we age.


Dr. Kennedy's current research project involves investigating the role of white matter in the reorganization of age-related brain function using structural and functional imaging techniques. I am interested in understanding how the brain changes with age, both adaptively, and detrimentally, and how this knowledge might be used to stave off cognitive decline.


Recent Publications


Kennedy, K. M., & Raz, N. (2015). Normal Aging of the Brain. In: A. W. Toga (Ed), Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference, vol 3, ch 68, pp 603-617. Academic Press: Elsevier.


Rieck, J. R., Rodrigue, K. M., Kennedy, K. M., Hebrank, A. C., Devous, M. D., Sr., Park, D. C. (in press). The effect of beta-amyloid on face processing in young and old adults: A multivariate analysis of the BOLD signal. Human Brain Mapping.


Kennedy, K. M., Rodrigue, K. M., Bischof, G. N., Hebrank, A. C., Reuter-Lorenz, P. A., & Park, D. C.. Age trajectories of functional activation under conditions of low and high processing demands: an adult lifespan fMRI study of the aging brain. NeuroImage, 104, 21-34.


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