Lauren Kenney, B.S.

Lauren KenneyBiography

Lauren Kenney is a graduate student in the Clinical and Health Psychology program on the Neuropsychology track. She earned her B.S. in neuroscience from Muhlenberg College in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in Dr. Gretchen Gotthard’s behavioral neuroscience lab studying memory disruption in rat paradigms. Following graduation, she served as a clinical research assistant in the neuropsychology program at Rhode Island Hospital for two years. In this position, she split her time between serving as a psychometrist in the clinic and coordinating studies on mind-body interventions for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and on changes in daily functioning (i.e. medication management) that accompany MCI and dementia. In Fall 2019, she became a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience lab under the mentorship of Dr. Dawn Bowers.

Research Focus

Lauren’s research interests generally focus on improving quality of life in neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. She hopes to explore the impact of cognitive, functional, and affective changes on patients’ experience of disorders and intervention effectiveness.

Publications

Kenney, L. E., Margolis, S. A., Davis, J., & Tremont, G. (2019). The Screening Utility and Ecological Validity of the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery Bill Pay Subtest in Older Adults With and Without Dementia. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. Advance Online Publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acz033

Margolis, S. A., Gonzalez, J. S., Faria, C., Kenney, L. Grant, A. C., & Nakhutina, L. (2019). Anxiety disorders in predominantly African American and Caribbean American adults with intractable epilepsy: The role of perceived epilepsy stigma. Epilepsy & Behavior, 99, 106450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.106450

Lopez, R. P., Rose, K. M., Kenney, L., Sanborn, V., & Davis, J. (2019). Managing shame: A grounded theory of how stigma manifests in families living with dementia. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 1078390319832965,  https://doi.org/10.1177/1078390319832965

Gotthard, G. H., Kenney, L. & Zucker, A. (2018). Reconsolidation of appetitive odor discrimination requires protein synthesis only when reactivation includes prediction error. Behavioral Neuroscience132(3), 131-137. https://doi.org/10.1037/bne0000242

Presentations

Kenney, L., Margolis, S. A., Davis, J., & Tremont, G. (2019, February). The Screening Utility and Ecological Validity of the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery Bill Pay Subtest in Older Adults With and Without Dementia. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, New York, NY.

Nakhutina, L., Margolis, S. A., Kenney, L., Calderon, S., Gonzalez, J. S., Grant, A. C. (2019, February). Comparison of the GAD-7 and BAI in a Diverse Sample of Adults with Intractable Epilepsy. Poster to be presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, New York, NY.

Pillemer, S., Margolis, S. A., Kenney, L., Daiello, L. A., Tremont, G. (2018, November) Relationships among Drug Burden, Cognitive Impairment, and Balance Confidence in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA.

Sofko, C., Ahern, D. C., Davis, J., Kenney, L., Correia, S., Ott, B. (2018, November). Ecological Validity of a Novel Scoring Method for Trail Making Part B: Application to Real-World Driving Skill. Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA.

Lopez, R. P., Kenney, L., Rose, K. M., Guarino, A. J., Davis, J. D. (2018, July). Dementia Revealed or Dementia Concealed: The Effect of Stigma on Family/Caregivers. Poster presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Tremont, G., Davis, J., Britton, K., Kenney, L., Sanborn, V., Uebelacker, L., Gillette, T., Becker, B., Ott, B. R. (2018, July). Initial Experience with a Yoga Intervention for Mild Cognitive Impairment. Poster presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Kenney, L. & Gotthard, G. H. (2017, May). Effects of Reminder on Cycloheximide-Induced Amnesia for an Odor Discrimination in Rats. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Boston, MA.

Professional Membership

International Neuropsychological Society, Student Affiliate

Honors and Awards

Best Poster Award, Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Symposium, 2017

Library Scholar Award for Information Literacy, Muhlenberg College, 2017

Neuroscience Collaborative Research Grant, Muhlenberg College, Summer 2015

Dana Scholars Honors Program, Muhlenberg College, 2013-2017

Dean’s List, Muhlenberg College, 2013-2017