Jessica Kraft, M.A.

Graduate Student


Jessica Kraft, M.A.

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

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 doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Woods in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, with a concentration in Neuroscience. She graduated from Penn State University, Harrisburg with her M.A. degree in Applied Psychological Research. Following her master’s degree, 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 was directly involved in administration of neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessments throughout the study. Jessica’s research interests include neural correlates of cognition and the use of cognitive training to improve cognition in an older adult population.

Publications & Presentations


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. Journal Impact Factor:2.982 Citations:0


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