Kathryn Ralph

Kathryn Ralph

Academic Institution: New York University

Research Interests: Kathryn currently works as a graduate research assistant in the Attention and Attentions Disorder Lab under the advisement of Professor Bradley S. Gibson in the Psychology Department at the University of Notre Dame.  Prior to joining the lab, Kathryn worked as a Senior Research Associate for Pearson Education, Inc. Kathryn’s interest in research emerged during her time at New York University where she received her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology and where she worked as a research assistant at NYU Clinical Cancer Center and NYU School of Nursing researching breast cancer related chronic illnesses under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Axelrod and Dr. Mei Fu.

Kathryn’s current interests include working memory, attention, attention disorders, learning, motivation, and cognitive training. As part of her work, she will focus on how individual differences in working memory capacity impact goal directed behavior and learning for persons with and without attention disorders. She is particularly interested in how computerized training can be used to improve working memory capacity and attention, among other cognitive functions crucial for goal-directed behavior. Exploration of novel cognitive training paradigms and tailoring of existing cognitive training regimens for maximal impact, as well as determining the groups for whom training is most effective are also future research goals.

Mentor: Bradley S. Gibson

 

Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Kathryn.J.Ralph.4@nd.edu

Attention and Attention Disorders Lab