Jerillyn Kent

Jerillyn Kent

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Motor abnormalities in psychopathology, with a particular interest in cerebellar abnormalities in individuals with psychotic disorders

GR 4.813
Action, Cognition & Translational Neuroscience Lab
Curriculum Vitae

Not currently accepting undergraduate students

Tags: Psychology-Faculty Clinical Psychology / Psychopathology Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Areas

Research Interests
Motor abnormalities in psychopathology, particularly cerebellar abnormalities in individuals with psychotic disorders; neuromodulation interventions for psychopathology
Motor abnormalities have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, although they are infrequently the foci of empirical investigation. In many instances, however, motor dysfunction has the potential to inform our understanding of neural abnormalities associated with psychopathology, possibly illuminating novel treatment targets. Dr. Kent’s research investigates motor abnormalities and their neural substrates in various expressions of psychopathology, and explores the relationship between motor abnormalities and clinical phenomenology. Much of Dr. Kent’s work has specifically focused on cerebellar abnormalities in individuals with psychotic disorders, drawing on increasingly accruing evidence of the cerebellum’s involvement in cognitive processes. Dr. Kent received her BS from the College of William and Mary and her PhD from Indiana University.


Recent and selected publications:

Demro, C., Mueller, B. A., Kent, J. S., Burton, P. C., Olman, C. A., Schallmo, M. P., Lim, K. O., & Sponheim, S. R. (2021). The psychosis human connectome project: An overview. NeuroImage, 241, 118439. - Peer-reviewed journal article
Kent, J. S., Kim, D. J., Newman, S. D., Bolbecker, A. R., O’Donnell, B. F., & Hetrick, W. P. (2020). Investigating cerebellar neural function in schizophrenia using delay eyeblink conditioning: A pilot fMRI study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 304, 111133. - Peer-reviewed journal article
Van Voorhis, A. C., Kent, J. S., Kang, S. S., Goghari, V. M., MacDonald, A. W., 3rd, & Sponheim, S. R. (2019). Abnormal neural functions associated with motor inhibition deficits in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Human Brain Mapping, 40, 5397-5411. - Peer-reviewed journal article
Kent, J. S., Caligiuri, M. P., Skorheim, M. K., Lano, T. J., Mittal, V. A., & Sponheim, S. R. (2019). Instrument-based assessment of motor function yields no evidence of dyskinesia in adult first-degree biological relatives of individuals with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Psychiatry Research, 272, 135-140. - Peer-reviewed journal article


Irving J. Saltzman Award for Outstanding Graduate Achievement - Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Smadar Levin Award - Society for Research in Psychopathology
J.R. Kantor Graduate Award - Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
John H. Edwards Fellowship - Indiana University
Departmental Fellowship - Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Murray 1693 Scholar - College of William and Mary

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NARSAD Young Investigator Grant
- Brain & Behavior Research Foundation []
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32)
- National Institute of Mental Health []
Graduate Research Fellowship
- National Science Foundation []