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Glenn Schafe

Dr. Schafe’s lab studies the neurobiological substrates of emotional learning and memory, with particular emphasis on Pavlovian fear conditioning.

Tracy Dennis

Dr. Dennis’ lab focuses on the concept of emotion regulation to better understand how emotions promote competence or in some cases create vulnerability for psychopathology, particularly anxiety and mood disorders.

Allyson Friedman

Dr. Friedman’s research explores how social factors alter neural circuit’s responses to chronic and acute stress, and influence susceptibility or resilience to neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression, PTSD and anxiety. A crucial question her lab addresses is how positive socialization can bring about changes in the brain that that ease the symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders

Douglas Mennin

Dr. Mennin’s research program focuses on understanding and treating anxiety and mood disorders utilizing an affect science perspective. He focuses on examining the (1) experimental and ecological delineation of behavioral and biological (neural and physiological) processes that contribute to emotion reactivity and dysregulation in chronic anxiety and co-occurring depression; (2) the development of an integrative, mechanism-based, emotion regulation treatment, which has demonstrated considerable preliminary efficacy, and (3) the examination of biobehavioral mechanisms of reactivity and dysregulation whose changes mediate long term symptomatic and functional outcome as a result of this intervention.

Ekaterina Likhtik

One of the basic questions in neuroscience is understanding how external stimuli are integrated with such dynamic internal states of the brain as fluctuating levels of anxiety. Deciphering the nature of these interactions and their effect on learning and memory is vital for understanding psychiatric disorders and complex cognition. In the Likhtik lab, we combine ideas from learning theory and neuroscience to study circuit-level mechanisms of learning, such as cortical-subcortical communication and the dialogue between excitatory and inhibitory neurons in different internal states.

Mariann Weierich

Dr. Weierich’s research focuses on how the brain and the visual system process affective information, and how these processes contribute to the onset and maintenance of stress states and stress-related psychological disorders.

Michael Hoyt

Dr. Hoyt directs the Stress and Coping Lab at Hunter College and his research is focused on understanding how cognitive, emotional, and socio-cultural factors influence physical and psychological adaptation to chronic illness.

Nesha Burghardt

Dr. Burghardt’s lab studies the neural circuits that underlie the cognitive impairments and emotional symptoms associated with neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Peter Serrano

Dr. Serrano’s lab studies how various signaling pathways are affected by stress, fear, developmental insults, pharmacological challenges, neural stimulation and cognition.

Regina Miranda,

Dr. Miranda’s research seeks to understand why young people think about and attempt suicide. Her work focuses on understanding social and cognitive risk for suicide in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Presently, she is conducting an NIH-funded longitudinal study of cognitive predictors of suicidal ideation and behavior among young adults. This research focuses on the role of self-focused and future-oriented ruminative thinking in the development of hopelessness-related thoughts, along with the specificity of cognitive content that most increases vulnerability to suicidal ideation and attempts.

Thomas Preuss

Dr. Preuss’s research aims to uncover how social stress influences sensorimotor integration in the CNS. For that he studies the sensorimotor gating phenomenon pre-pulse inhibition (PPI), which regulates sensory flow during early stages of information processing.

Tracey Revenson

Dr. Revenson’s research brings social ecological and contextual perspectives to the study of stress and coping processes as they affect psychosocial adaptation to chronic physical illness.