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Dr. Megan Kenna

Executive Director

Megan was formerly known as Dr. Megan Wheeler until December 2020.

As Executive Director, Megan is responsible for overall strategic leadership and direction of all aspects of the Schmidt Science Fellows program including its operational delivery and facilitation of positive outcomes for Fellows.

She was most recently CEO of MindMap PLLC and Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. With dual doctoral degrees in Physiology (Cognitive Neuroscience) and Clinical Psychology, Dr. Kenna’s career has been defined by a commitment to working on problems that know no disciplinary bounds and to directly impacting the lives of others.

She received her DPhil in Physiology from Magdalen College at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Catholic University of America. She has held faculty positions at Dartmouth College, University of Oxford (St. Hilda’s College), and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is the recipient of the university’s 2018 National Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in graduate instruction.

She has published interdisciplinary research on topics ranging from the neuroscience of mindfulness to neuroscience and the law in journals including Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Mindfulness (where she is an associate editor), and Scientific American Mind.

Her work has also been featured on The Science Channel, the BBC, and in Newsweek. As a clinician, she founded an interdisciplinary clinic at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center that reduced wait-times from referral to diagnosis for Veterans with Alzheimer’s Disease by 85%. She was recently named one of the Washington, DC area’s “40 under 40 emerging leaders” by Leadership Arlington.