Dr. Adrienne Tierney
Dr. Adrienne L. Tierney is a research advisor and instructor in the psychology master’s program at
the Harvard Extension School. She spent 10 years in the Harvard College Writing Program where she taught analytical writing classes that dealt with psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as the fundamentals of argumentation. She also created the curriculum for Effective Writing for
Health Care, a course at in the Post Graduate Medical Education program at the Harvard Medical 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.