- B.A., 1995, Lee University, Psychology
- B.S., 1995, Lee University, Business
- M.S., 1997, Mississippi State University, Psychology
- Ph.D., 2008, Mississippi State University, Cognitive Science
- Academic and social factors impacting the first-year experience
- College student retention and graduation rates
- Cognitive aging, specifically memory in the elderly
- Human Growth and Development
- Educational and Psychological Statistics
- Measurement and Evaluation
- Psychology of Adolescence
- McMillen, D., Abernathy, T., Edwards, J., & Valentine, N. (2011). A brief intervention to improve graduation rate, retention rate and academic performance of freshmen (A 12 year study). Annual National Symposium on Student Retention Proceedings, 519-524.
- Abernathy, L.T., & C.E. Adams-Price. (2006). Memory and comprehension of magazine-based prescription drug advertisements among young and old adults. Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, 28(2), 1-13.
- Abernathy, T., & B. Engelland. (2001). The effects of frequency, recency, and academic prowess as moderators of service quality evaluations for collegiate academic advising. The Marketing Management Journal, 11(2), 97-107.
- McMillen, D., Abernathy, T., Edwards, J., & Valentine, N. (2011, November). A brief intervention to improve graduation rate, retention rate and academic performance of freshmen (A 12 year study). Seventh Annual National Symposium on Student Retention, Charleston, SC.
- Abernathy, T. (2010, October). Does class attendance really matter? How class attendance impacted Mississippi State University. Department of Psychology and Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas.
- Carson, J., & Abernathy, T. (2009, February). The solar system of retention: Mississippi State University housing's role in retention initiatives. Southeastern Association of Housing Officers, Birmingham, Alabama.
- Abernathy, L.T., Adams-Price, C.E., & Pilcher, K. (2008, April). Aging and memory for prescription drug advertising: Implicit and explicit memory. Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Drinking coffee
- Enjoying motels/hotels