Dr. Jennifer Roth is an Associate Professor in the Psychology and Counseling department where she teaches mostly cognitive psychology, research, and introductory classes across the undergraduate, Masters, and doctoral programs. She was born and raised in Greensburg, PA where she first developed her Steeler fan roots. 

Professionally Dr. Roth was a full-time scientist studying the networks involved in working memory in the brain. She continues that research today in a small lab on campus. Once she began teaching full-time she also became very involved in many small committees in order to be engaged in the continuous examination and improvement of university systems, a type of work she developed a passion for while in graduate school where she eventually became the Chairperson of the Graduate Representative Organization.

Outside of work Dr. Roth enjoys ultimate Frisbee, tennis, and international travel.


Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale School of Medicine

PhD, Psychological and Brain Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, 2006

MA, Psychology, The Johns Hopkins University, 2002

BS, Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 1997

Research Interests

Professional Interests: Dr. Roth examines the impacts of lifestyle choices on working memory performance. For example, she examines which types of exercise, drug use, elements of nutrition, psychological history, etc. impact a person's abilities to change what they are thinking about in the current moment or continue to remember or 'hold onto' a current thought.