Education


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2020 - )
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Evanston Hospital
NorthShore University HealthSystem

PhD Cognition and Neuroscience (2014 - 2019)
School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas


BS Psychology: Nautral Science (2009 - 2013)
Degree Honors: Cum Laude
Minors: Biology & Neuroscience
Loyola University Chicago


Professional Positions


Visiting Scholar (2021 - )
The Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research
Center for Bionic Medicine
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Part-time Faculty (Fall 2020, 2021)
Department of Psychology
Loyola University Chicago

Clinician Researcher (2020 - )
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Evanston Hospital
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2020 - )
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Evanston Hospital
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Research and Teaching Assistant (2014 - 2019)
School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas

Laboratory Manager (2013 - 2014)
Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
PI: Dr. Robert G. Morrison, PhD
Loyola University Chicago


Publications


Papers


Books

  • Pongpipat, E. E., Miranda, G. G., Kmiecik, M. J. (2019). A Practical Extension of Introductory Statistics in Psychology using R. Free online textbook written in bookdown and R. Read it here: https://rpsystats.com/


Preprints


Conference Participation


Papers


Talks

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Tu, F. F., Silton, R. L., Dillane, K. E., Roth, G. E., Harte, S. E., & Hellman, K. M. (Sept. 2021). Cortical Mechanisms of Visual Hypersensitivity in Women At Risk for Chronic Pelvic Pain. Flash talk presented at The University of Chicago Postdoctoral Symposium.

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Tu, F. F., Silton, R. L., Dillane, K. E., Roth, G. E., Harte, S. E., & Hellman, K. M. (Dec. 2021). Cortical Mechanisms of Visual Hypersensitivity in Women At Risk for Chronic Pelvic Pain. Data blitz talk to be presented at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Neuropathic Pain SIG (NeuPSIG) webinar series.

  • Kmiecik, M. J. (November, 2019). Effective Presentations of Quantitative Information: A Study in Edward Tufte. Talk presented at the inaugural UT Dallas BrainHack, Dallas, TX.

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Nagele, M., Sharma, R., Vaughn, A. Thakur, P., & Krawczyk, D. C. (December, 2018). A Method for Characterizing Semantic and Lexical Properties of Sentence Completions in Traumatic Brain Injury. Talk presented at the Brain Performance Institute’s Inaugural TBI Research Showcase. Dallas, TX.

  • Kmiecik, M. J. & Krawczyk, D. C. (2017, October). Reasoning With Complex Relational Structures. Talk given at the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Cognition and Neuroscience program annual Fall retreat. Dallas, TX.

  • Kmiecik, M. & Morrison, R.G. (2013, August). Semantic Distance Modulates the N400 Event-Related Potential in Verbal Analogical Reasoning. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.


Workshops

  • Dutcher, A., Kmiecik, M.J., & Beaton, D. (2016, April). Analyzing multi-block data: A tutorial of Multiple Factor Analysis in R. Workshop presented at the Society for Applied Multivariate Research, Dallas, Texas. (MFA Workshop Slides / MFA Workshop R Code )


Poster Presentations

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Tu, F. F., Silton, R. L., Dillane, K. E., Roth, G. E., Harte, S. E., & Hellman, K. M. (Oct. 2021). Cortical Mechanisms of Visual Hypersensitivity in Women At Risk for Chronic Pelvic Pain. Poster to be presented at the 24th annual scientific meeting of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), Baltimore, MD.

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Kim, L. M., Maguire, M. J., Hart, J., Krawczyk, D. C. (2020, May). The Time Course of Meaning Construction with Varying Expectations. Poster presented virtually at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual conference, Boston, MA.

  • Kim, L. M., Lundie, M. J., Kmiecik, M. J., Dasara, H., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2020, May). The Nuances of Norepinephrine: Salivary Alpha Amylase’s Role as a Biomarker in tDCS - Directed Judgment & Decision Making. Poster presented virtually at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual conference, Boston, MA.

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Kim, L. M., Maguire, M. J., Hart, J., Krawczyk, D. C. (2020, March). The Time Course of Meaning Construction with Varying Expectations. Poster was to be presented at the Society for Neuroscience Chicago Chapter annual meeting, Chicago, IL. * Cancelled due to COVID-19

  • Kim, L. M., Lundie, M. J., Kmiecik, M. J., Dasara, H., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2020, February). A Nudge of Norepinephrine: Investigating Salivary Alpha Amylase as a Biomarker of tDCS - Augmented Decision Making. Poster to be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

  • Nagele, M., Kmiecik, M. J., Chang, Z., Martinez, D., Juarez, M., Khachaturyan, M., Lundie, M., Kim, L., Didehbani, N., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2019, August). Using the Virtual Multiple Errands Task (VMET) to Assess Executive Functioning in Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at the Military Health System Research Symposium annual meeting, Kissimmee, FL.

  • Chang, Z., Kmiecik, M. J., Martinez, D., Nagele, M., Lundie, M., Cole, R., Kim, L., Khachaturyan, M., Balloun, B., Juarez, M., Didehbani, N., Clover, M., Rule, G., Scott, G., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2019, August). Using a Virtual-Reality Based Rehabilitation Program to Enhance Daily Functioning in Veterans Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at the Military Health System Research Symposium annual meeting, Kissimmee, FL.

  • Nagele, M. M., Kmiecik, M. J., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2019, April). Self-Awareness of Executive Dysfunction in Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Psychological Sciences annual meeting, Dallas, TX.

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Martin A. D., Kim, L. M., Perez, R., Martinez, D. M., Pongpipat, E. E., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2019, March). The Influence of Reasoning Ability and Relational Cueing in Solving Relational Match-to-Sample Problems. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • Kim, L. M., Kmiecik, M. J., Martinez, D. M., Martin A. D., & Krawczyk, D. C. (2019, March). The Similar Situations Task: Measuring Differing Levels of Reasoning Using Scene Analogies. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • Kais, L.A., Lee, C., Kmiecik, M.J., Silton, R.L. (2018, February). The Influence of Affect on Interference Processing in Blocked and Mixed Presentations of a Stroop Color-Word Task. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society: Washington, D.C.

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Perez, R., Dandu, H., Krawczyk, D. C. (2017, August). Reasoning with Complex Relational Structures. Poster presented at the Fourth International Conference on Analogical Reasoning, Paris, France.

  • Martinez, D. M., Kmiecik, M. J., Kamat, P. S., Schauer, G. F., Krawczyk, D. C. (2017, August). Aspects of Cognition and Clinical Symptomology in Analogical Reasoning. Poster presented at the Fourth International Conference on Analogical Reasoning, Paris, France.

  • Kmiecik, M.J., Martinez, D., Young, L.R., Krawczyk, D.C. (2016, November). Functional and Structural Neural Patterns in Mild-Moderate Chronic-Phase Traumatic Brain Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10), e55. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.08.167

  • Martinez, D., Kmiecik, M.J., Chapman, S., Krawczyk, D.C. (2016, November). Observing Changes in Cognition, Mood, and White Matter in Chronic TBI Using Multiple Factor Analysis After Cognitive Intervention. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10), e75. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.08.229

  • Kmiecik, M.J., Schauer, G.F., Martinez, D., & Krawczyk, D.C. (2016, April). The Similar Situations Task: An Assessment of Analogical Reasoning in Healthy and Clinical Populations. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, New York, NY.

  • Kmiecik, M. J., Chapman, S., & Krawczyk, D., (2015). Executive Functioning in Traumatic Brain Injury: A Detailed Investigation of the Hayling Test. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(10), e97-e98. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.08.326

  • Stockdale, L., Morrison, R. G., Kmiecik, M., Palumbo, R., Garbarino, J., & Silton, R. L. (September, 2014). Negative valence systems distinctly influence bottom-up and top-down attentional processes. Paper presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Atlanta, GA.

  • Palumbo, R. T., Stockdale, L., Kmiecik, M. J., Silton, R. L., Morrison, R. G. (2014, July). The effect of short-term exposure to film violence on emotional facial processing. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada.

  • Brisson, R., Kmiecik, M.J., & Morrison, R. G. (2014, July). The effect of semantic and relational similarity on the N400 event-related potential in verbal analogical reasoning. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada.

  • Irwin, J.L., Jones, L.L., Kmiecik, M.J., Unsworth, N., & Morrison, R. G. (2014, July). Attention to detail predicts better verbal analogy performance. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada.

  • Jones, L.L., Irwin, J.L., Kmiecik, M.J., Unsworth, N., & Morrison, R. G. (2014, July). Working memory and interference control in verbal analogy. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada.

  • Morrison, R. G., Kmiecik, M.J., Irwin, J.L., Unsworth, N., Jones, L.L. (2014, July). Working memory and crystallized knowledge in visual analogy. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, Canada.

  • Brisson, R.J., Kmiecik, M.J., Sweis, A.S. & Morrison, R.G. (2014, April). The Effect of Semantic and Relational Similarity on the N400 in Verbal Analogical Reasoning. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, Boston, MA.

  • Stockdale, L., Palumbo, R., Kmiecik, M., Silton, R.L. & Morrison, R.G. (2014, April). The Effects of Media Violence on the Neural Correlates of Emotional Facial Processing: An ERP Investigation. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, Boston, MA.

  • Kmiecik, M.J., Brisson, R.J., & Morrison, R.G. (2013, April). Semantic distance in verbal analogical reasoning modulates the N400 event-related potential. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • Morrison, R.G., Kmiecik, M. & Bharani, K.L. (2012, April). When analogy is like priming: The N400 in verbal analogical reasoning. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting, Chicago, IL.

  • Morrison, R.G., Kmiecik, M. & Bharani, K.L. (2012, March). When analogy is like priming: The N400 in verbal analogical reasoning. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience Chicago Chapter 2012 annual meeting, Chicago, IL.


Conference Organization

Year Role Conference
2021-22 Fundraising Chair Chicago Society for Neuroscience
2019 Organizer BrainHack Dallas @ UT Dallas


Invited Talks


  • Cortical Mechanisms of Visual Hypersensitivity in Women at Risk for Chronic Pelvic Pain (March 2021) Neuroscience Seminar, Loyola University Chicago

  • Using Senseless Sentences to Study Cognition: Insights from Traumatic Brain Injury and Electrophysiology (April 2020) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, Evanston Hospital

  • Using Senseless Sentences to Study Cognition: Insights from Traumatic Brain Injury and Electrophysiology (March 2020) Neuroscience Seminar, Loyola University Chicago

  • Using Senseless Sentences to Study Cognition: Insights from Traumatic Brain Injury and Electrophysiology (December 2019) Frontiers of BrainHealth Lecture Series, The University of Texas at Dallas

  • Steps Toward Graduate School (October 2016) Loyola Neuroscience Society, Loyola University Chicago


Grants & Fellowships


Year Award Amount
2019 Friends of BrainHealth Distinguished New Scientist Award $20,000
2017 Dianne Cash Pre-Doctoral Fellowship $2,500
2015 Friends of BrainHealth Distinguished New Scientist Award $20,000
2013 European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems Interaction and Robotics Travel Award €500
2013 Loyola University Chicago Mulcahy Research Scholarship $1,000
2012 Loyola University Chicago Provost Research Fellowship $1,000
2011 Loyola University Chicago Provost Research Fellowship $1,000


Academic Awards & Honors


Year Award Institution
2014 People’s Choice Poster Award Cognitive Neuroscience Society
2013 First Place Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award Loyola University Chicago
2013 Department of Psychology Research Award Loyola University Chicago
2013 Department of Psychology Honors Award Loyola University Chicago
2010-2013 Dean’s List Loyola University Chicago


Academic Service


Paper Reviews

Year Journal
2019 Cognition and Emotion
2019 Applied Cognitive Psychology
2020 Neuropsychologia
2020 JINS
2021 Pain Medicine

Committee Involvement

Year Position Institution
2018 - 2019 Graduate Student Ambassador Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas
2018 - 2019 Center-wide RA/Internship Facilitator Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas

Memberships

Year Organization
2021 International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
2021 American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Teaching Experience


Professor of Record

Year Semester Class Institution
2020 Fall Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 382, BIOL 284) Loyola University Chicago
2021 Fall Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 382, BIOL 284) Loyola University Chicago

Teaching Assistant

Year Semester Class Professor Institution
2018 Spring Experimental Projects Dr. Linda Drew The University of Texas at Dallas
2017 Fall Experimental Projects Dr. Linda Drew The University of Texas at Dallas
2017 Spring Experimental Projects Dr. Jessica Lockhart The University of Texas at Dallas
2016 Summer Cognitive Psychology Dr. Vanessa Miller The University of Texas at Dallas
2016 Spring Experimental Projects Dr. Gail Tillman The University of Texas at Dallas
2015 Fall Research & Evaluation Methods Dr. Gail Tillman The University of Texas at Dallas

Guest Lectures

Year Semester Topic Class Professor Institution
2018 Fall Language Cognitive Neuroscience Dr. Bart Rypma The University of Texas at Dallas
2018 Fall Short-term & Working Memory Cognitive Neuroscience Dr. Bart Rypma The University of Texas at Dallas
2018 Fall Analogical Reasoning Reasoning Dr. Daniel C. Krawczyk The University of Texas at Dallas


Internships


Year Month Internship Department Institution
2016 Summer Neuroscience: Internet of Things and Wearable Technologies Venture Development Center The University of Texas at Dallas


Training and Certifications


Year Month Training/Certifications Institution
2016 November The 22nd EEGLAB Workshop University of California San Diego
2016 May Graduate Teaching Certificate The University of Texas at Dallas