Loras College, 2016
B.A., St. Olaf College, 2009
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2014
Dr. Kurczek earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa. Following his graduate training, Kurczek completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital and York University in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Kurczek currently teaches courses in the neuroscience and psychology programs, including Drugs and Human Behavior (PSY 285), Exploring the brain through TBI (NEU 281) and the Psychology of Stress (PSY 131). His research investigates the interactions and interdependencies among numerous cognitive processes, including language and memory within social contexts. The goals of the lab are to understand how these cognitive processes interact with one another in order to develop interventions in language to help support and improve memory and social -interaction. The research in the lab draws from multiple disciplinary and theoretical stances and utilizes converging methodologies in order to holistically probe the interactions amongst cognitive processes; this should be relevant to students who are interested in psychology, neuroscience or communication sciences and disorders.