Jennifer Stevens

Jennifer Strafford Stevens, PhD is a Co-Director of the Grady Trauma Project and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. She joined Grady Trauma Project in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow. She received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. 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. She also studies 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.