As the National Director of Research Programs, Jenna is responsible for planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of a research program for the Hydrocephalus Association. Jenna joined HA in July 2014 after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute where she studied maternal health and preterm birth. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society. In 2011, she received her Doctorate of Philosophy with a concentration in Neuroscience from Northwestern University. Jenna’s dissertation was focused on the electrical properties of motoneurons in a mouse model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Jenna has presented her research at 15 international conferences and currently has published 13 primary and review articles in peer-reviewed journals. During her research career, Jenna has been awarded 6 grants to fund her research including the National Institutes of Health’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award as a graduate student. In addition to her research, Jenna promoted youth science education through her volunteer work for the Science Adventure Lab at Seattle Children’s Hospital and as a Science Club mentor for the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.
Jenna is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and American Physiological Society. In her spare time Jenna enjoys playing volleyball, reading romance novels, and traveling with her husband.