Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nancy A. Dennis

Dr. Nancy A. Dennis did her undergraduate work at the University of Rochester and received her PhD in Psychology from the Catholic University of America in 2004. After a post-doc at Duke University she accepted a position at Penn State in 2008 where she is now an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience.

As an educator, researcher, and a woman in neuroscience Dr. Dennis has over 19 years of research in cognitive aging and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Dr. Dennis’ work employs both behavioral and neuroimaging methods to explore the interaction of cognitive and neural processes involved in episodic memory, focusing on false memories. With respect to cognitive aging, her research concentrates on the examination of age-related neural markers of cognitive decline, as well as mechanisms for neural compensation.

Her work has been funded by the American Federation for Aging Research, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Aging.