PhD, Child Development, University of Minnesota
Cohort Five Fellow

Academic Mentor
Kathleen Thomas
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

Policy Mentor
Sara Langworthy
DeveloPlay, LLC

Current Institutional Affiliation
Department of Health and Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Adolescents and Young Adults, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


Dr. Kelly Jedd McKenzie is currently a post doctoral fellow at Society for Research in Child Development at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Jedd McKenzie received her PhD from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Her research focused on the impact of early adversity, including abuse and neglect, on brain development. Dr. Jedd McKenzie seeks to inform policy and practice with a better understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying long-term effects of early adversity. She is particularly interested in neural circuits involved in emotion processing and cognitive control, and the way these pathways relate to risk and resilience. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Jedd McKenzie graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whitman College, where she researched the impact of poverty on infant development. During this time she also interned with the Children’s Resilience Initiative of Walla Walla and collaborated with community providers to promote resilience and child wellbeing.