Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, is chief scientific officer and James and Patricia Poitras Chair in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is also a professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and past president of the Society for Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Ressler was previously an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Ressler’s lab focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic research on emotion, particularly fear and anxiety disorders. He has published over 350 manuscripts ranging from basic molecular mechanisms of fear processing to understanding how emotion is encoded in a region of the brain called the amygdala, in both animal models and human patients.
Financial: Dr. Kerry Ressler has employment relationships with Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University McLean Hospital, Harvard University, Emory University Hospital, Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, and Grady Memorial Hospital. He is on the scientific advisory board of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)/Brain and Behavior Foundation, the Marine Resiliency Study, the Army STARRS, One Mind for Research, and the National Center for PTSD. Dr. Ressler receives grants from the NIH and has relationships with Boehringer Ingelheim, Senseye, Inc., Sage, and the Brain Research Foundation. He receives royalties as a published author. He receives a consulting fee from Jazz Pharma and Bionomics. Dr. Ressler receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. Kerry Ressler is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association. He serves on the editorial board for International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.