Dr. Jovanovic is the Director of the Grady Trauma Project. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. She received her B.S. in Biology in 1995 from Oklahoma Christian University. She then completed her M.A. and Ph.D. work in the Neuroscience and Animal Behavior Program of the Department of Psychology at Emory University. Her dissertation research focused on biological and environmental factors affecting maltreatment in a nonhuman primate model, in which she conducted a cross-fostering experiment between abusive and nonabusive rhesus macaque mothers. Dr. Jovanovic’s current research program focuses on the interaction of traumatic experiences, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, and genetic risk factors in mental disorders in adults and children in high-risk populations. Her laboratory uses fear conditioning paradigms in patients with stress-related disorders, employing fear-potentiated startle and other psychophysiological and neuroimaging measures, such as structural and functional MRI.