James Madison University

Janna Taft Young, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

PHOTO: Kevin Apple
  • Office: Miller Hall 2173
  • Phone: 540-568-5137
  • Email: taftyojx@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    Department of Psychology
    91 E. Grace Street, MSC 7704
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807


  • Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
  • M.A., Florida Atlantic University
  • B.S., Florida Atlantic University


  • Psyc 101: General Psychology
  • Psyc 210: Psychological Measurement and Statistics
  • Psyc 380: Cognitive Psychology
  • Psyc 385: Biopsychology
  • Psyc 497: Senior Seminar, Neuroscience of Memory

Research Interests

  • Memory dysfunctions of older adults, especially as related to Alzheimer's disease
  • Neuropsychological measures for early diagnosis of memory loss
  • Memory disruptions in young adults as a result of interference
  • Effectiveness of technology (e.g. clickers) in teaching of psychology