Dr. Kavner completed her PhD April 2020 in the Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning Program of the University at Buffalo concentrating on Machine Learning applications in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a NY secondary public-school science teacher and a NYS Master Teacher Fellow.
She is a certified Educational Technology Specialist and has taught courses in chemistry, biology, genetics, marine biology, and forensics. As a high school educator and researcher, Kavner focuses on the applications of new research in the classroom.
Her research focuses on the development and application of cognitive computational models in educational assessment and curricular development using machine learning algorithms to analyze neurocognitive measurements recorded in educational environments. Her interdisciplinary work is based on cognitive psychology, the neuroscience of behavior, psychometrics, and computer science. The aim is to connect basic neuroscience of behavior and psychological study into educational practice.