Visiting Prof: Science of Phone Addiction, Distraction

Natalie Kerr ’95

Natalie Kerr ’95

Natalie Kerr ’95, a professor of psychology at James Madison University, visited UMW as the 2017 Graduate-in-Residence in the Department of Psychological Science.

Kerr gave a lecture, From the Bedroom to the Highway: The Science of Smartphone Addiction and Distraction, and she presented her research to cognitive and developmental psychology classes. She also met with students who are interested in pursuing graduate school or careers in related fields.

After Mary Washington, she earned a master of arts in experimental psychology from Hollins University and a doctorate in social psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She returned to UMW for a year as a visiting assistant professor before joining the faculty at JMU. The JMU Department of Psychology honored Kerr with its Outstanding New Faculty Award and an Innovation in Teaching Award.

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