Jessica Kraft, M.A.

Graduate Student

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Jessica Kraft, M.A.

M.A., Applied Psychological Research, Penn State University- Harrisburg, Middletown, PA
B.S., Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Email: jkraft@ufl.edu
Phone : 352-294-5744

Primary Appointment:

Graduate Student, Woods Lab
Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
Department of Neuroscience
College of Medicine
University of Florida

Professional Interests

Jessica Kraft is a second year doctoral student at the University of Florida, in the Department of Neuroscience, under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Woods. She graduated from Penn State University, Harrisburg with her M.A. degree in Applied Psychological Research. Her master’s thesis focused on cognitive decline in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Jessica joined the Woods lab in March 2017. During this time, she worked as a research assistant on the ACT Study, a phase III clinical trial assessing the efficacy of a brain training and tDCS intervention on improving cognition in older adults. Jessica’s research interests include using multi-modal imaging to assess structural and functional neural correlates of cognition. Her most recent project has investigated the role of structural neural correlates of the Double Decision task, a task that has proved efficacious in slowing cognitive declines in older adults.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Flaherty C, Kraft J,Brothers A, Harrison M, Legro R, Manni A, … Simmons, Z. 2016. The relationship between oestrogen and executive functioning in ALS females with emerging frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) supports a neuroendocrine model of FTLD attenuation. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. 

Publications Under Review

Hausman HK, O’Shea A, Kraft JN, Boutzoukas EM, Evangelista ND, Van Etten EJ, Bharadwaj PK, Smith SG, Porges E, Hishaw GA, Wu S, DeKosky S, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, Woods AJ (Under Review). The role of resting-state network functional connectivity in cognitive aging. Human Brain Mapping.

Nissim NR, O’Shea A, Indahlastari A, Kraft JN, von Mering O, Aksu S, Porges E, Cohen R, Woods, A.J. (Under Review). Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation paired with cognitive training on functional connectivity of the working memory network in older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Indahlastari A, Albizu A, O’Shea A, Forbes MA, Nissim NR, Kraft JN, Evangelista ND, Hausman HK, & Woods AJ. (Under Review). Modeling transcranial electrical stimulation in the aging brain.

Book Chapters

Kraft JN, Woods AJ (2019). Speed of Processing. In: Gu D., Dupre M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham.

Publications in Preparation 

Kraft JN, O’Shea A, Albizu A, Evangelista ND, Hausman HK, Boutzoukas E, Woods AJ. (in prep). Structural neural correlates of speed of processing 

Evangelista ND, O’Shea A, Kraft JN, Hausman HK, Boutzoukas EM, Hardcastle C, Porges E, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, & Woods AJ. (In Preparation). Independent contributions of dorsolateral prefrontal structure and function to working memory in healthy older adults.

Boutzoukas EM, O’Shea A, Evangelista ND, Hausman, HK, Kraft, JN, Van Etten EJ, Bharadwaj PK, Smith SG, Porges E, Hishaw GA, Wu S, DeKosky S, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, & Woods AJ. (In Preparation). Examining spatial relationships of white-matter hyperintensities in cognitive aging.

Published Abstracts and Presentations

Kraft JN, O’Shea A, Albizu A, Evangelista ND, Hausman HK, Boutzoukas EM, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, & Woods AJ. (2020). Structural neural correlates of speed of processing. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Denver, Colorado, February, 2020.

Evangelista ND, O’Shea A, Kraft JN, Hausman HK, Boutzoukas EM, Hardcastle C, Porges E, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, Woods, AJ. (2020). Independent contributions of dorsolateral prefrontal structure and function to working memory in older adults. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 48thAnnual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Denver, Colorado, February, 2020.

Boutzoukas EM, O’Shea A, Evangelista ND, Hausman HK, Kraft JN, Porges E, Hishaw GA, Wu S, DeKosky S, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, & Woods AJ. (2020). Contribution of region specific white-matter hyperintensities in cognitive aging. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Denver, Colorado, February, 2020.

Hausman HK, O’Shea A, Kraft JN, Boutzoukas EM, Evangelista ND, Van Etten EJ, Bharadwaj PK, Smith SG, Porges E, Hishaw GA, Wu S, DeKosky S, Alexander G, Marsiske M, Cohen R, & Woods AJ. (2020). The role of resting-state network functional connectivity in cognitive aging. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Denver, Colorado, February, 2020.

Hardcastle C, O’Shea A, Kraft JN, Hausman HK, Evangelista ND, Boutzoukas EM, Porges E, Alexander G, Cohen R, & Woods, AJ. (2020). Lateralization of hippocampal function in healthy aging adults with fluid and crystalized cognitive functioning. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 48thAnnual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Denver, Colorado, February, 2020.

Kraft J, Flaherty C., Hotz A. Distinct patterns of cognitive behavioral change in emerging FTLD in the presence and absence of MND support: A ‘bottom-up’ model of FTLD onset. Poster presentation at the International Symposium of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Dublin, Ireland, December 2016.

Chiarolanzio P, Kraft J, Kim, C. […] Heyland, DK. Decisional support guide for families of ICU patients: A multicenter feasibility study. Poster presentation at American Thoracic Society, San Francisco, CA, USA, May 2016

Flaherty C, Brothers A, Kraft, J. VALUES: The effects of low estrogen on executive functioning in a national sample of ALSci females suggests a neuroendocrine model of disease onset. Poster presented at the International Symposium of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Orlando, FL, USA, December 2015

Professional Memberships

Society for Neuroscience, Student Member

Psi Chi National Honor Society

Honors and Awards

Travel award: NANS Neuromodulation Conference and Summer Series, New York, NY, Fall 2018

Travel award: Office of Research, Penn State Harrisburg, for conference travel to Orlando, FL, Winter 2015