Karenna Malavanti, Ph.D.

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

M.A., Psychology, Baylor University, 2012

B.S., Neuroscience, Baylor University, 2010


Dr. Karenna Malavanti joined the Baylor faculty in 2017. Prior to coming to Baylor, she worked as an assistant professor and psychology advisor at Carson-Newman University. In her spare time, Dr. Malavanti enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue pups, as well as volunteering in her community and traveling. She is an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs, as well as Baylor athletics.

Research Interests

Dr. Malavanti’s primary interest is in applied cognition and human memory. Dr. Malavanti 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).

Courses taught at Baylor

  • PSY 1305 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSY/NSC 3311 - Cognition
  • PSY/NSC 3323 - Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 4385 - Psychology of Film