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Jenna Waltrip

I'm a junior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. I'm interested in the usage of applied math to better understand brain activity and to create predictive models that can help to alleviate the symptoms of neurological disorders such as epilepsy. Once I leave Gatton, I hope to major in neuroscience and physics, and to later obtain a PhD. I haven't decided on a particular career, but I hope to do a combination of research and clinical work while utilizing mathematical neuroscience. Outside of research, I enjoy reading poetry, crocheting, and rollerskating.


Gracie Vanderpool


I’m a student at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University and plan on majoring in neuropsychology when I graduate high school. I’m very interested in abnormal psychology and neuro-divergency and I would love to conduct my own research on those topics in the future. Though I haven’t decided exactly what I want to focus on, my long-term goal is to graduate from a doctoral program and go into a pediatric-neuropsychological field. 


Jacob Harris


I am a first-year student at the Gatton Academy. Once I finish my time at Gatton, I wish to go into a MD/PhD program and study neurology. I am particularly interested in studying brain disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alzheimer's Disease. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, reading my Bible, and attending the BCM on WKU's campus.



Haven Romero


I ama junior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU. My interests lie in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, especially how those fields merge when it comes to certain mental disorders, specifically psychotic and anxiety disorders. I am also greatly interested in determining which side of the nature vs nurture affects the development of certain mental disorders the most. I aspire to become a physician and hopefully specialize in the field of psychiatry.

Alexander Wright, B.S.


Hello, my name is Alexander Wright. I am a graduate student in Western Kentucky University's School Psychology Specialist program. I previously graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. My primary research concern is studying how various neurological, psychological, and behavioral conditions can impact an individual's ability to learn, as well as impact the quality of education they receive. My current focus is on Autism Spectrum Disorder and it's common comorbidities.


Jessica Maddox, B.S.


I am currently in WKU's MA program for Clinical Psychology. After I graduate, I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or Experimental Psychology. Then, I would like to work in academia as a professor with a research lab. My research interests include social media and mental health, technology addiction, mindfulness, meditation, and generational differences in terms of mental health. 


Lee Monroe


I’m a Junior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU. When I graduate from high school I plan to go into an MD/PhD program to pursue a degree in Clinical Neuroscience. I hope to one day work in pediatrics, likely in neurosurgery. For a long time, I have found the brain and spinal cord to be quite fascinating, especially concerning how it pertains to developmental disorders. I currently am open to exploring many different disciplines to see if there are any other options that I may like to make a career out of. I greatly enjoy research and plan to continue my research career at WKU and beyond.

Dawson Young


I'm currently a senior psychology major at WKU. After graduation, I plan on applying to PhD programs for Clinical Psychology. I have a variety of research interests, including: mental disorders (like PTSD, anxiety, and depression) and their impact on men and the lower-class, metacognition and the malleability of personality, and attitudes towards police. I hope to one day make an impact on people's lives and further help destigmatize mental health problems in this country. 

Former Members

- Emilee Payne

- Kelsey Washburn

Marissa Xia


I am a junior in the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU and plan on majoring in psychology related fields. I am interested in the effects of mental illness on people’s brains and like to learn about how mental illness and the changes of the brain differ from person to person. I hope to work in neuroscience and psychology and do more research in the future.

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