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Jennifer Stevens, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 404-778-1698


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Jennifer Stevens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, conducting human neuroscience research at the Grady Trauma Project where she is Director of the Neurobiology of Memory, Emotion, and Stress Laboratory. She received her BS in Psychology at the University of Georgia, and PhD in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology at Emory. She uses neuroimaging approaches to probe brain function in healthy individuals, and neurobiological pathways promoting stress vulnerability or resilience. Neural circuits supporting emotional arousal and memory encoding are particularly important for adapting to trauma and other forms of environmental stress. She has investigated individual differences in these circuits in normative and trauma-exposed populations of adults and children. A second major theme of her research has been to understand sex differences in emotion-related brain function, and the brain basis of women’s increased risk for trauma-related psychopathology. She addresses these questions using cognitive tasks to probe behavioral and subjective aspects of emotion and memory, and neurobiological measures such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scalp electrophysiology, and autonomic physiological measures. Her research also combines genomics and cognitive neuroscience research to characterize stress vulnerability pathways that link SNPs, expression and methylation, neural circuits, and behavior.