Jennifer R. Yates
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of the Neuroscience Program
B.S., University of Dayton
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jennifer Yates has been a member of the department since 2008. She is the department’s neuroscientist, interested in neurotrauma. Specifically, Yates investigates the mechanisms of damage after spinal cord injury. The courses she teaches include: Introduction to Psychology, Clinical Neuroscience, Physiological Psychology, Laboratory in Physiological Psychology, Psychopharmacology, and Topics in Neuroscience.
Every fall, Yates walks 50 miles in a weekend to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Areas of Interest / Expertise
Research Interests: Yates is interested in the mechanisms of secondary pathology after spinal cord injury, particularly in the mechanisms of further injury that are mediated by the immune reaction to a primary spinal cord injury. She investigates the pathological processes that happen and therapeutic intervention in these processes that may spare motor, sensory, and cognitive functions after neurotrauma.