Principal Investigator

Jill Shelton, Ph.D.


Education & Degrees

Post-doctoral Fellow, Aging Training Grant, Washington University in St. Louis 2008-2011
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology (specialization in Cognitive/Developmental), Louisiana State University, 2008
M.S., Research Psychology, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 2003
B S., Psychology, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 2001

Teaching Interests

Cognitive Psychology

Psychology of aging

Experimental Psychology

Research Interests

Prospective memory

Individual differences in working memory and intelligence

Cognitive aging (both healthy aging and dementia)

Applying cognitive principles to the education setting

The distracting effects of cell phones

Consumer decision-making processes

Graduate Researchers


Jessica Hacker

Jessica is a first year graduate student in the research psychology program, after earning her BS in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies from UTC in May, 2016. My primary research interest lies in the realm of social cognition. Specifically, I am interested in the unconscious cognitive processes that affect thoughts and behavior. I am currently studying the relationship between pro-social motivation as it relates to prospective memory.


Dillon B. Brock

Dillon Brock is a current Graduate student in the Experimental Psychology Masters Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dillon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Psychology. He is currently working under Dr. Jill Shelton studying Cognition and Resilience. He works full-time for Erlanger Health System in addition to being a CALM Lab member.



Thomas Vorwerk

Thomas is currently a senior and plans to graduate in spring 2017. Through his experiences in college, he has acquired an interest in Geriatrics, and plans to pursue graduate training in the study of aging. He works at an assisted/independent living facility, where I he coordinates activities with the residents. He has been a research assistant in the CALM lab for approximately two years, and the research projects he has been working on involve the influence of context on prospective memory using both behavioral and eye-tracking techniques. He is also conducting research on how memory strategies and contextual cues in the environment both benefit prospective memory and lead to commission errors (e.g., accidentally taking medication twice) in both younger and older adults.


Junior Undergraduate Researchers

Amelia Edwards


Amelia is a third year student in the Brock Scholar’s program She is pursuing a double-major in psychology and women’s studies with a minor in biology. Extracurricularly, she enjoys writing stories and studying Japanese. She is a new research assistant in the CALM lab, and is looking forward to participating in research involving context and prospective memory.

Daniel Ellis


Daniel is a sophmore brock scholar at UTC majoring in psychology. His interests include computer science, philosophy, psychology, and poetry. Though he has yet to decide on a career path, he hopes to be able to merge his interest in math and programming with the study of the human mind. This is Daniel’s first semester of involvement with the CALM lab.

Emily Boring