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Faculty Scholar Kaileigh Byrne, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Kaileigh Byrne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: kaileib@clemson.edu  

Who is Dr. Byrne?

Kaileigh Byrne is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Clemson University. She received a Ph.D. in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience form Texas A&M University and completed her B.S. degrees in Biology and Psychology at Trinity University. Her research broadly investigates the effect of individual differences on reward-based decision-making, habit formation, and habit breaking. Her lab examines age-related changes in decision-making and habits and how these cognitive constructs change in individuals with Substance Use Disorder.

For more information, see her Department Profile.

How Dr. Byrne’s research is transforming health care

Kaileigh Byrne currently has two distinctive ongoing health-related lines of research. Her line of research examines neurocognitive and decision-making correlates of Substance Use Disorder (SUD).She also examines how interventions, including peer recovery coaching and online cognitive behavioral therapy apps, can improve SUD health and neurocognitive outcomes. This work aims to identify and and alter SUD-related maladaptive decision-making and habits.Dr. Byrne's second line of research is focused on cognitive aging. She is examining how aging affects health-related and financial decisions strategies, cognitive biases, susceptibility to misinformation, and responsivity to feedback.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Psychology, addiction, substance abuse, aging, health-related decision-making, habit formation, habit breaking