Jenna Dietz, M.S., recipient of the Walter G. McMillen Memorial Award

Jenna Dietz, M.S.,  a current fifth year  graduate student, specializing in clinical neuropsychology in the department of CHP, was awarded the Division 20 Walter G. McMillen Memorial Award for Parkinson’s Disease Research.  In 2007, as a tribute to Mr. Walter G. McMillen, who died with Parkinson’s disease, a joint award between APA Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) and APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) was established.  This award is designed to encourage graduate student’s interest in research on Parkinson’s disease.  Jenna earned this award for her proposed dissertation, titled “Psychophysiology of Emotion in Parkinson’s Disease: Electrocortical Correlates of Emotional Perception, Preparation for Action, and Anticipation.”  Jenna collaborates between the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and the NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention to investigate physiological correlates of cognitive and emotional sequelae of Parkinson’s disease.  This project is one of many that Jenna has been working on under the guidance of Dr. Dawn Bowers and Dr. Margaret Bradley, also in collaboration with UF’s Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.