The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Jerillyn S. Kent

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Motor abnormalities in psychopathology, particularly cerebellar abnormalities in individuals with psychotic disorders; neuromodulation interventions for psychopathology

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2359
Office: GR_4.813
Campus Mail Code: GR41
Website: Action, Cognition & Translational Neuroscience Lab


Motor abnormalities have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, although they are infrequently the foci of empirical investigation. In many instances, however, motor dysfunction has the potential to inform our understanding of neural abnormalities associated with psychopathology, possibly illuminating novel treatment targets. Dr. Kent’s research investigates motor abnormalities and their neural substrates in various expressions of psychopathology, and explores the relationship between motor abnormalities and clinical phenomenology. Much of Dr. Kent’s work has specifically focused on cerebellar abnormalities in individuals with psychotic disorders, drawing on increasingly accruing evidence of the cerebellum’s involvement in cognitive processes. Dr. Kent received her BS from the College of William and Mary and her PhD from Indiana University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Demro, C., Mueller, B. A., Kent, J. S., Burton, P. C., Olman, C. A., Schallmo, M. P., Lim, K. O., & Sponheim, S. R. (2021). The psychosis human connectome project: An overview. NeuroImage, 241, 118439. Advance online publication.

Kent, J. S., Kim, D. J., Newman, S. D., Bolbecker, A. R., O’Donnell, B. F., & Hetrick, W. P. (2020). Investigating cerebellar neural function in schizophrenia using delay eyeblink conditioning: A pilot fMRI study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 304, 111133.

Van Voorhis, A. C., Kent, J. S., Kang, S. S., Goghari, V. M., MacDonald, A. W., 3rd, & Sponheim, S. R. (2019). Abnormal neural functions associated with motor inhibition deficits in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Human Brain Mapping, 40, 5397-5411.

Kent, J. S., Caligiuri, M. P., Skorheim, M. K., Lano, T. J., Mittal, V. A., & Sponheim, S. R. (2019). Instrument-based assessment of motor function yields no evidence of dyskinesia in adult first-degree biological relatives of individuals with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Psychiatry Research, 272, 135-140.