Research

My research interest is in investigating the utility of administering multi-modal biofeedback intended for acute stress management (visual biofeedback along with auditory coping instructions). The various studies encompassing my dissertation research so far has led up to my current project. This ongoing project consists of inducing stress in a highly controlled laboratory setting, and simultaneously introducing a current trending heart rate view to one group of participants, and additionally introducing intermittent auditory messages instructing participants to cope in another group of participants. Recruiting residents and fellows from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital within the specialties of surgery, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology, I am attempting to answer these questions among medical trainees. Future work will investigate whether the addition of emotional intelligence training overviewing the core concepts of self-awareness and self-regulation can further contribute to an improved physiological and cognitive state throughout a stressful task.

Publications

  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. (in prep). Biofeedback as an Acute Stress Management Tool for Professionals: A Systematic Review, British Journal of Health Psychology,
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. (under review). Timing of coping instruction presentation for real-time acute stress management: Potential implications for improved surgical performance, Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research, 2017.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. (2017, March). Making MATB-II medical: Pilot testing results to determine a novel lab-based, stress-inducing task. Conference proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2017.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. (2016, October). Timing of coping instruction presentation for real-time acute stress management: Long-term implications for improved surgical performance. Conference proceedings of the International Workshop on Mining Wearable Data for Healthcare and IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Chicago, Illinois, October 2016.
  • Kennedy, L., Dorrance, S., Stoneham, T., Bryant, M., Boyd, K., Flippen, K., & Nichols, D. F. (2014). Event-Related Potentials in Humans for Emotional Words versus Pictures, IMPULSE, 2014: 1-16.

                             

        

Invited Talks

  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Evaluation of biofeedback interface components for the management of acute stress in healthcare. Invited talk. 2017. University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, October 2017.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Enhancing patient safety with human factors approaches. 2017. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Resident’s Day, Roanoke, Virginia, April 2017.

Talks

  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Evaluation of biofeedback interface components for the management of acute stress in health care. 2017. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Research in Progress Series, Roanoke, Virginia, March 2017.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Making MATB-II medical: Pilot testing results to determine a novel lab-based, stress-inducing task. 2017. International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2017.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Timing of coping instruction presentation for real-time acute stress management: Long-term implications for improved surgical performance. 2016. International Workshop on Mining Wearable Data for Healthcare and IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Chicago, Illinois, October 2016.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Timing of coping instruction presentation for real-time acute stress management. 2016. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Science Retreat, Roanoke, Virginia, September 2016.

Posters

Biofeedback components evaluated in the lab setting

  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Biofeedback components evaluated in the lab setting. Abstract for poster presentation. 2017. Behavioural Science in Surgery and Acute Care Settings Annual Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, October 2017.

Timing of coping instruction presentation during acute stress

  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Timing of coping instruction presentation during acute stress. Abstract for poster presentation. 2017. Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2017.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Timing of coping instruction presentation during acute stress. Abstract for poster presentation. 2016. Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Open House, Blacksburg, VA, November 2016.

Specifying parameters for real-time cognitive feedback during acute stress

  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Specifying parameters for real-time cognitive feedback during acute stress. Abstract for poster presentation. 2016. Global Brain Health and Performance Summit, Columbus, Ohio, May 2016.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Specifying parameters for real-time cognitive feedback during acute stress. Abstract for poster presentation. 2016. International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Shaping the Future, San Diego, California, April 2016.
  • Kennedy, L., Parker, S. H. Specifying parameters for real-time cognitive feedback during acute stress. Abstract for poster presentation. 2016. Carilion Clinic/Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine/Jefferson College of Health Sciences Research Day, Roanoke, Virginia, April 2016.

A Correlational Study of Dementia Types and Age

  • Sims, C., Kennedy, L., & Shenal, B. V. A correlational study of dementia types and age. Abstract for poster presentation. 2014. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2014.
  • Sims, C., Kennedy, L., & Shenal, B. V. A correlational study of dementia types and age. Abstract for poster presentation. 2014. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the SouthEast, Asheville, North Carolina, March 2014.
  • Sims, C., Kennedy, L., & Shenal, B. V. A correlational study of dementia types and age. Abstract for poster presentation. 2013. Roanoke College Research Day, Salem, Virginia, September 2013.

Event-Related Brain Potentials for Emotional Words versus Pictures

  • Kennedy, L., Dorrance, S., Stoneham, T., Bryant, M., Boyd, K., Flippen, K., & Nichols, D. F. Event-related potentials in humans for emotional words versus pictures. Abstract for poster presentation. 2014. Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the SouthEast, Asheville, North Carolina, March 2014.
  • Kennedy, L., Dorrance, S., Stoneham, T., Bryant, M., Boyd, K., Flippen, K., & Nichols, D. F. Event-related potentials in humans for emotional words versus pictures. Abstract for poster presentation. 2013. Roanoke College Research Day, Salem, Virginia, December 2013.

Establishing a Writing Fellows Program: Reaching In to Reach Out

  • Kennedy, L., Schallock, L. Establishing a writing fellows program: Reaching in to reach out. Abstract for poster presentation. 2014. Southeastern Writing Center Association, Greenville, North Carolina, February 2014.

Measuring Group Dynamics

  • Gladfelter, J., Reis, S., Kennedy, L., Griffith, B., & Ellison, S. Measuring group dynamics. Abstract for poster presentation. 2013. Roanoke College Research Day, Salem, Virginia, April 2013.

Mentees

Research mentor, Emily Wills, Virginia Tech (Summer 2017)

  • Primary mentor for experimental set-up integrating real-time acquisition of physiological signals (MindWare Technologies, Inc.) with stimulus presentation software (E-Prime) for future data collection with surgical residents and fellows

Research mentor, Andrew Bolhassani, Indiana University School of Medicine (Summer 2017)

  • Primary mentor for specification and development of various versions of the experimental task for future data collection with surgical residents and fellows

Research mentor, Joseph Coro, Princeton University (Summer 2016)

  • Primary mentor for iterative development of an appropriate acutely stressful computer-based task for use in future experimental design with surgical residents and fellows

Graduate mentor, Edgar Macal, Virginia Tech (School year 2015-16)

  • Informally mentored incoming student on an as-need basis

 

Lauren Kennedy CV