Karenna Malavanti, Ph.D.

Karenna Malavanti, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer and Neuroscience Advisor
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Senior Lecturer and Neuroscience Advisor


Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Baylor University, 2014

M.A., Psychology, Baylor University, 2012

B.S., Neuroscience, Baylor University, 2010


Dr. Karenna Malavanti joined the Psychology & Neuroscience department in 2017. Prior to coming to Baylor, she was as an assistant professor at a small liberal arts university in Tennessee where she was honored with the Research Award, Excellence in Academic Advising, the student government’s Staff Appreciation Award, and Student Advocate of the Year during her three years on faculty there. At Baylor, she has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the Office of the Provost and the Academy of Teaching and Learning. She was recognized as a Baylor Fellow in 2018-2019. Dr. Malavanti greatly enjoys sharing knowledge with students through evidence-based teaching and innovative techniques.

Research Interests

Dr. Malavanti’s primary research interest is in applied cognition and human memory. She has two broad areas of research, legal psychology (i.e., efficacy of juror instructions and expert testimony, eyewitness memory in bilinguals, optimal line-up procedures) and applying cognitive psychology to education (i.e., increasing retention of course material, optimal study strategies). She is an active member of several professional societies including Society for the Teaching of Psychology and Psychonomic Society.

Courses taught at Baylor

  • PSY 1305 - Psychological Science: Understanding Human Behavior
  • NSC 1306 - Intro to Neuroscience
  • PSY/NSC 3311 - Cognition
  • PSY/NSC 3323 - Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 4385 - Psychology of Film