Speaker: Professor Kerry J. Ressler, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University
After completing his B.S. in molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Ressler received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard School of Medicine and its Department of Neurobiology in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Ressler is a practicing psychiatrist with an interest in translational and clinical research on fear-based psychiatric disorders. During his clinical time, Professor Ressler is co-director of the Post-traumatic Stress Disorders Clinic in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital. His research lab, at the Yerkes Research Center, is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear learning and the process of extinction of fear in mouse models. The main goal of his work is to increase our understanding of how fear works in the mammalian brain in the laboratory in order to improve our understanding of, and provide translational treatments for and possibly even approaches to prevent, fear-based disorders such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobic Disorders, and Panic Disorder.