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Uncovering the Effects of Trauma on the Brain

Psychiatry Ground Rounds, April 6, 2022

Headshot of Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD

Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) is pleased to welcome Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, as the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds speaker on April 6, 2022. His presentation is titled "The Neurobiology and Scope of Trauma and PTSD: From Mice to (Wo)Man."

Dr. Kerry J. Ressler is the James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry and Chief Scientific Officer at McLean Hospital. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and past president of the Society for Biological Psychiatry. His work, published in over 400 manuscripts, books, and chapters, focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic and neuroscience research on emotion, particularly fear and anxiety disorders, in at-risk communities. For 20 years, Dr. Ressler's lab has used cutting-edge tools to study molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms in mouse models that underlie emotion and fear-related disorders.

Dr. Ressler received his BS from MIT, and his MD/PhD from Harvard Medical School. He was the first student of Dr. Linda B. Buck (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2004), helping identify the molecular organization of olfaction. Prior to McLean, Dr. Ressler spent 18 years at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he founded the Grady Trauma Project, a study of civilian trauma in over 13,000 participants from urban Atlanta. The project focuses on understanding trauma-related factors contributing to intergenerational cycles of trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and depression. He was previously an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Watch his presentation virtually via Zoom ( on Wednesday, April 6 at Noon, MST.

About Psychiatry Grand Rounds

The Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds series presents local and nationally-renowned clinicians, researchers, and educators. Grand Rounds typically occur on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Lectures are presented in-person, virtually, or both - presentation availability is noted in the schedule online. Presentations recordings will be made available at the discretion of the presenters.

Grand Rounds presentations are intended for behavioral/mental health professionals and clinical providers. Continuing education (CE) credit is available. The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.