Kristen Craven

Kristen Craven

Kristen Craven

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Alzheimer's Disease (specifically tau pathology), & Traumatic Brain Injury in animal models

Kristen Craven was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania where she attended Wilkes University for her B.A. in Psychology. She is a third year doctoral student in the cognitive and behavioral neuroscience program within the Psychology department. Working with Dr. Jane Flinn, Kristen seeks to observe the effects of tau pathology and zinc supplementation on learning and memory through behavioral and biochemical assays. She is also delving into traumatic brain injury and is specifically interested in astrogliosis and the impact that it has on learning and memory in relation to zinc. 

Current Research

The effects of excess zinc on tau pathology in a tau mouse model 
Changes in zinc levels in perfused and fresh-frozen tissue 
Modeling repetitive, mild traumatic brain injuries

Grants and Fellowships

Cosmos Scholars Grant - 2016

Courses Taught

Psyc 304 Lecture & Lab: Principles of Learning
Psyc 300 Lab: Statistics in Psychology
Psyc 373: Physiological Psychology Lab

 

Education

B.A. in Psychology (2014) - Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA