Kathleen Flannery joined the faculty of the psychology department at Saint Anselm College in 1995, after completing two years as a Research Assistant Professor at Dartmouth Medical School. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Brandeis University in 1993 and her A.B. in Psychobiology from Smith College in 1984.
Dr. Flannery's research examines cognitive abilities such as memory and problem-solving and considers the impact of individual differences such as gender or personality traits on mental performance. Dr. Flannery utilizes reaction time tasks, virtual environments, and computerized neuropsychological tests in her research with students in the Cognition and Virtual Reality Laboratory. She is currently working with Dr. Mihaela Malita of the Computer Science Department, to support interdisciplinary course work for students to develop their own online tests for cognitive abilities such as spatial memory. Support for Dr. Flannery's work has come from funding through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, National Science Foundation, Helen V. Brach Foundation, and Saint Anselm College (Summer Research Grants).
Professor Flannery has published her research in journals such as The Journal of Learning Disabilities, Child Neuropsychology, and Cortex. She recently published her research using the Virtual Classroom for the diagnosis of ADD in Cyberpsychology & Behavior (2009) with Rebecca Adams (Class of 2005) and colleague, Dr. Paul Finn, Psychology Department. Her many presentations at national (Society for Neuroscience) and regional (Eastern Psychological Society) conferences reflect research generated from her faculty-student teams in Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology.