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Jennifer Yates, Ph.D.

 Jennifer R. Yates, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology


1994 – B.S., University of Dayton, Biology and Psychology
2001 – Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Neurobiology

General Information

Dr. Yates has been a member of the department since 2008. She is the department’s neuroscientist, interested in neurotrauma. Specifically, Dr. 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, Dr. Yates walks 50 miles in a weekend to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

A Note from Dr. Yates

I am 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. I investigate the pathological processes that happen and therapeutic intervention in these processes that may spare motor, sensory, and cognitive functions after neurotrauma. In addition to these primary interests, I also conduct experiments on the biological basis of learning and memory in my Physiological Psychology laboratory. I have had students work on several projects of their own interest in the broader field of neuroscience.

In addition to teaching in the Psychology department, I am co-director of the Neuroscience Program. I teach primarily courses that focus on the biological bases of psychological and physical processes.