Adrienne Tierney, EdD
Co-Director of the Effective Writing for Health Care program
Head Preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program
Research Advisor in the Psychology Master’s Program at the Harvard Extension School

Adrienne L. Tierney is a co-director of the Effective Writing for Health Care program. In addition, she is a head preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program where she teaches analytical writing classes that deal with psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as the fundamentals of argumentation. She is also a research advisor in the psychology master’s program at the Harvard Extension School. She received her EdD in human development and education and EdM in mind, brain, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, her MS in neuroscience from the Université Pierre and Marie Curie, and her BA in neuroscience from Wesleyan University. Her dissertation research examined developmental trajectories in brain and cognitive development of infants at risk for autism. Adrienne’s interests are primarily in teaching analytical writing as a means to help students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. Since 2006, she has taught many graduate- and undergraduate-level classes at Harvard on writing, human development, emotion, applied cognitive and learning sciences, the psychology of risk, and social and cognitive neuroscience.