Jennifer Drake Ph. D.

Jennifer Drake Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Brooklyn College

Jennifer Drake is an assistant professor of psychology at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology, with a minor in statistics, from Boston College in 2012, and then completed a post- doctoral fellowship. Her research program focuses on emotion regulation and the arts in children and adults. Her studies demonstrate that drawing works to improve mood not by allowing venting but by inviting distraction. In a second line of research, she studies the cognitive and perceptual processes underlying graphic representation skill in artistically gifted children in order to understand the development of superior perceptual abilities. She has found that realistic drawing talent is unrelated to IQ, and that children gifted in graphic representation exhibit perceptual strengths also seen in individuals with autism.