Dr. Jaclyn Stephens joined the Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2017. She received her BA in Psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University, her MSOT at Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy, and her PhD in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. After receipt of her PhD, she completed research training in rehabilitation for brain injury and neurological disability as a postdoctoral fellow at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As an occupational therapist, she has worked with both pediatric and adult populations and provided work placement services to adolescents and young adults with disabilities in Dubai, UAE.
Dr. Stephens has conducted research in non-invasive neurostimulation, cognitive aging, and working memory performance. More recently, she has shifted her research focus to traumatic brain injury, specifically sports related concussion. In addition to performance-based measures, she uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and arterial spin labeling (ASL) in her research and will expand her neuroimaging skillset to include electroencephalography (EEG) in the Brainwaves Laboratory with the support of Drs. Gavin and Davies. Dr. Stephens is also a member of a burgeoning international research collaboration that was established to capitalize on multi-disciplinary expertise with the overarching goal of gaining a better understanding of concussion in individuals who participate in sports and other high-risk activities.
Please see Dr. Stephens’ CV for additional detail about past work and experience. For more information about future research projects, please visit the Brainwaves Research Laboratory website at http://brainwaves.colostate.edu.
In addition to really enjoying her work, Jaclyn also enjoys catering to her dog Maggie, reading, singing, hiking, biking, playing volleyball, and watching sports.