Lab Director/Principal Investigator

Ashley F. Curtis, PhD

Ashley F. Curtis, PhD

Bio

Ashley Curtis, PhD, received her doctoral degree in Psychology (with a specialization in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science) from York University in Toronto, ON, Canada. Her dissertation work focused on developing and evaluating strategies to improve cognition in younger and older adults. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, ON, where she studied sex differences in risk factors and outcomes of neurodegenerative disorders. She most recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Christina McCrae, PhD, in the Mizzou Sleep Research Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Curtis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri and the Director/Principal Investigator of the Cognition, Aging, Sleep, and Health (CASH) Lab. Dr. McCrae and Mary Beth Miller, PhD, Lab Director and Principal Investigator of the Behavior and Addictions Research Lab, in the Department of Psychiatry remain close research collaborators. Dr. Curtis’s research focuses on the bidirectional associations between sleep and cognition in healthy and pathological aging populations. Current research investigates how cognitive training paradigms impact sleep and cognition. She is also interested in sex differences and other risk factors (e.g., pain, medication) that alter sleep and cognitive profiles across the lifespan. She employs clinical, behavioral, and neuroscience methods to examine novel research questions in these areas.

Lab Staff

Kenda Eberhardt

Kenda Eberhardt

Senior Research Assistant/Project Coordinator

Bio

Bio: Kenda Eberhardt is the Senior Research Assistant/Project Coordinator for the Cognition, Aging, Sleep and Health (CASH) Lab. Kenda earned a BS in psychology from Truman State University and a MA in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama.

Amy Costa

Amy Costa

Graduate Research Assistant

Bio

Amy is a doctoral student in the Cognition and Neuroscience Psychology program. Amy holds a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her research interests involve studying the discrepancies between subjective and objective measures including cognition and sleep. She also has a research interest in better understanding the role stress has on creative thinking and cognitive flexibility. In addition to her work in the CASH lab, Amy also works with Dr. David Beversdorf in his Cognitive Neuroscience lab.

Anthony Schmiedeler, MS

Anthony Schmiedeler, MS

Graduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Anthony (he/him/his) is a second-year doctoral student in the University of Missouri counseling psychology program. Anthony earned a B.A. in human biology with a minor in religious studies from the University of Kansas and a M.S. in psychology from Avila University. In addition to the CASH Lab's ongoing projects, Anthony's research interests include examining relationships between mental health concerns and vocational psychology constructs.

Angela Atkinson

Angela Atkinson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Angela Atkinson is an undergraduate research assistant from St. Louis, Missouri. Angela is currently studying Biology and Psychology at the University of Missouri and aspires to go to medical school and continue pursuing research. In her free time, Angela enjoys traveling and cooking.

Maggie Connell

Maggie Connell

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Maggie Connell is a third-year undergraduate research assistant majoring in Nuclear Medicine. Maggie is also Pre-Med and plans to attend medical school. Maggie is also is a student assistant at the Mizzou Research Reactor and work with the Epidemiology group. She is also part of the Mizzou Club Synchronized Skating Team and in her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her dog.

Derek Lang

Derek Lang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Derek Lang is an undergraduate research assistant pursuing a degree in Biology. Derek plans on attending medical school and becoming an emergency surgeon. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing and reading.

Jenny Park

Jenny Park

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Jenny Park is a first-year student at the University of Missouri, studying biology on a pre-med track. She is an undergraduate research assistant at the CASH Lab and the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

Jenny’s current interests lie in cognitive decline and cognitive training. She is also curious about neurological disorders and investigating pathological and correlational studies within that field.

As of right now, Jenny hopes to go to medical school to become a physician who specializes in neurology.

Joshua Perry

Joshua Perry

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Joshua Perry is an undergraduate research assistant currently pursuing his BA in Psychology and minoring in Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Josh's research interests include sleep, cognition, and memory, including memory-related disorders. In the lab, Josh helps create online surveys for data collection and assists with data entry, data processing and posters/manuscripts. During his free time Josh enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music, as well as a variety of podcasts.

Mikayla Rodgers

Mikayla Rodgers

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Mikayla Rodgers is an undergraduate research assistant from O’Fallon, Missouri. Mikayla is currently studying Nuclear Medicine at the University of Missouri and aspires to go to medical school and continue pursuing research. During her free time, Mikayla enjoys traveling and spending time in nature.

Chloe Rzeppa

Chloe Rzeppa

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Chloe Rzeppa is currently an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Missouri from Geneva, IL. Her dream is to get her PhD in Psychology to do research on Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive disorders. During her free time, Chloe enjoys writing, doing activities outdoors, and working out.

Grant Stokes

Grant Stokes

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Grant Stokes is an undergraduate research assistant currently studying Biology at the University of Missouri. Grant has the goal of going to medical school and eventually becoming a physician. In the CASH lab, Grant works on data collection of cognitive, sleep, and other physiological assessments.

Sadhika Jagannathan

Sadhika Jagannathan

Visiting Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Sadhika is a fifth year student in the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s six year BA/MD program. She finished her undergraduate coursework for her BA in Biology in Spring of 2020. In the CASH lab, some of Sadhika’s tasks include conducting online assessments, online data collection, data processing/analysis, conducting literature reviews, and assisting with poster and manuscript writing. She is interested in the role of non-pharmacological therapies for psychiatric disorders.

Lab Alumni

Emilee Carlton

Emilee Carlton

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Cameron Myers

Jacob Wilhelm, M.Ed.

Jacob Wilhelm, M.Ed.