Lara Ashmore, Ph.D.

Cognitive Technology Director

As the cognitive technology director for the Brain Performance Institute, Dr. Lara Ashmore focuses on cultivating strategic partnerships and the commercialization of Center for BrainHealth’s scientific discoveries. Among her initiates are the creation of virtual learning communities for the Brain Performance Institute and the development of mobile applications, including online brain training programs and cognitive assessments.  She also oversees the Brain Performance Institute’s virtual reality lab, which creates engaging and immersive environments for the Center for BrainHealth’s social cognitive training programs.
 
Lara has more than 22 years of Internet design, development and research expertise. She has presented papers at national conferences on technology and education. Prior to joining the Brain Performance Institute, Lara founded Inspire Brilliance, a Dallas-based agency offering consultation services for strategic planning, project optimization and targeted research solutions by synergizing philanthropy, technology and innovation. 
 
Lara received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Virginia. Her area of research was Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences combined with advanced internet technologies to increase learning outcomes. While completing her doctoral dissertation, Lara worked at the University of Virginia Advanced Technology Group in R&D and with America Online during the earliest stages of the World Wide Web era. Lara's research interests include neuroengineering, wearable technologies, virtual and augmented reality, immersive learning environments, social impact and innovation.
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