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Kimberly Bress

Title of Program: Neuroscience and Mental Health

E-mail Address: kbress@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Melbourne Beach, Florida

Year: Sophomore

Anticipated Graduation Date: May, 2018

Description of Program: The "Neuroscience and Mental Health" program emphasizes how an understanding of the biological, chemical, and neural foundations of brain function can be leveraged for the effective treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, with a specific focus on stress related mental illness and developmental disorders.

Departmental Emphases: Psychology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Child and Family Studies, Social Work, Counseling, Neuroscience

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew Cooper, Psychology

Plans after graduation: I plan to pursue either an M.D. with a specialization in Psychiatry, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, or the combination of these two as an M.D. /Ph.D. dual degree.  Before beginning medical or graduate school, I may take a gap year to pursue a Master's in Science Writing.

My career goal is to conduct research on neurotherapy and apply this research for the service of individuals suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders, including mental illness and developmental disorders.

Other Academic Interests: Science writing, Spanish, early childhood and adolescent development, child and family studies, neurophysiological development throughout the lifespan, therapeutic recreation

Prior Enrollment at Other Colleges or Universities: None

Study Abroad: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland (July-August 2016)

Research Experiences or Internships:

  • Undergraduate Researcher: Cooper Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Tennessee (2015-Present)
  • Research Assistant: Birkbeck Babylab, University of London (July-August 2015)

Clubs and Activities:

  • Oboist in the University of Tennessee Symphonic Band
  • Ignite Team Leader and Community Service Ambassador with the Center for Leadership and Service
  • Member of the Women's Club Soccer team

Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, community service, working with children, swimming with a mermaid tail, creative writing, and reading


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