Hello! I'm Jena...or Dr. Doom if you want to get formal.

Yes, Dr. Doom -- just like the video game. No, I did not grow up playing the video game, TSA guy (seriously, I get a comment EVERY TIME I go through security). But I do have some Dr. Doom posters on my desk at work, if that redeems me at all (it probably does not).

About me: I'm a very enthusiastic female scientist who LOVES to talk about science and how we can use science & psychology in our everyday lives. My Ph.D. is in developmental/child psychology, but I'm broadly interested in psychology, human development, psychobiology, and how our bodies adapt to challenges and opportunities throughout our lives. Some of the research I talk about will be my own, but the majority of it will be other researchers' work that inspires me and propels science forward.

I'm so amazed at how humans develop from before birth to old age. And I think others who are interested in humans (and isn't that all of us??) might like to learn about the science of how we work!

So if you're broadly interested in science, psychology, or human development, I'd love for you to follow along. It'll be fun  -- I promise!



A little more about me:

I grew up in a one-stoplight town in South Dakota, and I've been moving around the Midwest ever since. My experiences growing up are a HUGE reason I got interested in psychology and research.

I moved to Indiana to get my bachelor's in psychology and pre-medicine at Notre Dame (Go Irish! Please do better at football!). I then moved to Minnesota to get my PhD in developmental/child psychology at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow (read: all research, all day) at the University of Michigan's Center for Human Growth and Development. My work is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (one of the institutes of the NIH).

When I'm not doing or thinking about science, I'm usually enjoying the Michigan outdoors (biking, picnicking, floating down the river), eating homemade ice cream, sampling and brewing craft beer, or finding new ways to entertain my husband. I've got to keep him on his toes. And constantly keep him a little unsure of my sanity.

While my day job -- and often my night job -- is doing child development research, I'm excited to start this new journey of opening communication between scientists and non-scientists (who I like to call "science enthusiasts" and "soon-to-be science enthusiasts")!

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