Karen M. Rodrigue, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Center for Vital Longevity
1600 Viceroy Drive,
Suite 800


Principle Investigator

Karen Rodrigue, Ph.D.

Karen M. Rodrigue, Ph. D.
Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Center for Vital Longevity



Post-doctoral Students

Chris Foster, Ph.D.
Chris Foster, Post-doctoral Student Post-doctoral Student | cxf161430@utdallas.edu

Dr. Foster graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology in 2007. He entered graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. There, he was a graduate student in Dr. Kelly Giovanello’s lab where his research focused on the effects of healthy and unhealthy aging on relational memory processes. Since starting in the labs of Dr. Rodrigue and Dr. Kennedy, Chris has been focusing on incorporating new methods into his research, including the impact of, genetics, amyloid, and structure on aging, brain function, and cognition. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking.



Graduate Students


Marci Horn, M.S. | marci.horn@utdallas.edu
Doctoral Student of Psychological Sciences





Research Staff


Colleen McNamee

Colleen McNamee, B.A.
Lab Manager | cxm153930@utdallas.edu

Colleen graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and English. She is interested in executive function, emotion regulation, decision making, and culture. Colleen hopes to gain experience working with neuroimaging techniques and plans to pursue a PhD program in Psychology in the future.



Lab Alumni

Allan Kalich, M.S.
Doctoral Student of Cognition and Neuroscience
Allan received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and his Master's degree in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas.





Elizabeth Reese, Research Assistant

Elizabeth Reese, B.S., B.A.
Elizabeth is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms of addiction and emotion.





Asha Unni, Research Assistant

Asha Unni, B.A.

Asha is attending Texas A&M University to pursue a Ph.D in School Psychology. She plans to focus on peer relations and the use of neuropsychological assessments in schools. 





April Sizemore, B.A.
April received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in 2012.





Evelyn Simmons

Robert Haupt

Erin Epperson

Luke Alhaj

Kassandra Reyes

Phuong Lieu