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Adrienne Tierney

Research Advisor, Psychology Master’s Program, Harvard Extension School

  • Education

    EdD in Human Development and Education; EdM in Mind, Brain and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    MSc in Neuroscience, Collège de France/Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)
    B.A. in Neuroscience, Wesleyan University

Adrienne Tierney.

What are your areas of expertise/interest?

My research background is in developmental cognitive neuroscience. My career has focused on teaching writing and argumentation, often in classes on various psychology topics. I’m particularly interested in using writing as a way of developing critical reasoning skills.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Harvard Extension School?

I like to frame my Extension School classes as teaching students how to think like a psychologist. My classes almost always focus on writing because that’s the best way to build thinking skills in a topic. It’s not about being able to report information, but rather how to make sense of it and develop new ideas — research questions or ways of applying research to practice. Not only do students learn a lot about the subject, but they also find their own voice in mastering their area of interest. I love being part of that process.