I am Jan, before I came to ARU in 2000, I worked at the University of Washington (UW) on a research project where I interviewed and administered cognitive tests to participants; it was also at UW that I received a Master of Public Health degree. This experience along with my educational background qualifies me to do the work that I currently do at ARU as a Project Specialist, which is cognitive testing, writing and assisting with manuscripts and performing statistical analysis on the cognitive data that is collected.
I was inspired to work in the area of research because I have a curious mind and wanted to play a part in solving public health problems. I am interested in cognition and healthy aging, to name but a few. While at ARU I have been given the opportunity to explore areas of my interest by researching and writing about them, and while it is not strength of mine, I have gained considerable amount of experience and knowledge in statistical analysis and programming. Even though I have tested hundreds of people, I never tire of it, because people and how they utilize their cognitive strengths in their vocation or other aspects of their lives, fascinates me.