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Kristen Scherrer, PhD

Education and Training 

  • University of Mississippi, PhD
  • Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and University of Florida, Postdoctoral fellowship
  • Stanford University, Postdoctoral fellowship

Areas of Interest

Dr. Scherrer earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Mississippi, where she combined research focused on developing translational models to discover new treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders with trainings on instruction in higher education. Dr. Scherrer then completed several postdoctoral fellowships, at Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, at the University of Florida, and at Stanford University where she broadened her research interests and studied substance abuse, pain, and the therapeutic effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for chronic pain conditions. Building on her previous instructional training, Dr. Scherrer then decided to focus on educative missions and taught Neuroscience and Psychology at Santa Clara University, before joining UNC-CH in 2020. As an educator, she aims to use her experiences in a variety of academic and research settings to implement evidence-based teaching practices and innovative teaching methods that enhance student learning outcomes.

Awards and Honors

Certificate in Effective Instruction, Association of College and University Educators

Scherrer, Kristen