Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Boston College
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College
Training Area: Human Development
Research Interests: Visual arts and emotion regulation; giftedness in drawing; drawing and scientific learning
Phone: 718-951-5000 extension 3585
Jennifer Drake is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Statistics from Boston College. Her research program focuses on the emotional and cognitive benefits of the visual arts for children and adults. In one line of research, she examines the emotion regulation strategies in children and adults, examining the relative advantages of expression versus distraction. In a second line of research, she studies the cognitive and perceptual processes underlying graphic representation skill in artistically gifted children in order to understand the development of superior perceptual abilities. She also studies how drawing can be used to enhance learning in the sciences.