Frances E. Jensen MD

  • University of Pennsylvania

Frances Jensen is Chair of the Department of Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and senior neurologist at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Jensen’s research has focused on investigating pathophysiological mechanisms of epilepsy as well as secondary effects on synaptic plasticity. She has been exploring age-dependent differences in such mechanisms, with special attention to the interactions among brain development, excitotoxic brain inury, epilepsy, and cognition. Dr. Jensen is the author of more than 100 manuscripts, and most recently the book The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (Harper, 2015). Her recent research has shown that that the teen years encompass vitally important stages of brain development; she has explored adolescent brain functioning and development in the contexts of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision-making. Dr. Jensen graduated cum laude from Smith College with an A.B. degree in neuropsychology and went on to earn her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.