Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Penn State University, 2021
  • M.S., Psychology, Penn State University, 2018
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
Professional Honors
  • RGSO Dissertation Award, The Pennsylvania State University, 2020
  • NIA Pathways (T32) Training Program Fellow, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017-2019
  • Distinguished Scholar Award (Top 2% of class), University of Pittsburgh, 2015
  • Online Teaching Certificate, Pennsylvania State University,2019
Professional Affiliations
  • 2022-Present Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • 2019-Present Women in Cognitive Science
  • 2016-Present Center for Language Science, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2018-2021 Gerontological Society of America
  • 2017-2021 Society for Neurobiology of Language
  • German

Dr. Sara Troutman is a cognitive psychologist with experience in lifespan human cognition including, perception, attention, memory, learning, and language. Her work focuses on how these cognitive abilities relate to behavior in young, middle-aged, and older adults. 

Dr. Troutman's expertise enables her to analyze human factors issues in a wide variety of contexts including product warnings and safety information, motor vehicle accidents, and slips, trips, and falls.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Troutman completed a Ph.D. in psychology at The Pennsylvania State University and has published works on the neurobiological factors contributing to language ability and the link between physical and cognitive performance. Her dissertation work on the link between neural structural connections and language earned her the prestigious Research and Graduate Student Office (RGSO) Dissertation Award. Dr. Troutman also completed a two-year training fellowship from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA-T32) during which time she studied the relationship between cognition and everyday function, driving, and wellbeing.