Dr Valerie Carr earned her PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2008 where she examined strategic factors influencing memory in both younger and older adults. Afterwards she pursued an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University where she investigated neural mechanisms of memory and how these mechanisms change with age. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology department where she leverages her knowledge of cognitive neuroscience to understand factors that influence memory across the lifespan.
Students in her lab conduct research investigating whether and how factors such as aerobic fitness, mobile device use, and wakeful rest affect long-term memory and executive function. Additionally, Dr Carr maintains strong collaborative relationships with researchers at Stanford University and members of the Hippocampal Subfields Group regarding the structure and function of medial temporal lobe subfields. Finally, given Dr Carr’s passion for teaching social science students how to program (see: Applied Computing for Behavioral and Social Sciences), she is involved in pedagogical research regarding interdisciplinary computing.