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Nathaniel Harnett, PhD

Nathaniel G. Harnett, PhD is a neuroscientist whose research is focused on understanding the brain basis for why some people are more likely to develop stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after trauma. His current work leverages magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques – including functional MRI, structural MRI, and diffusion weighted imaging – to identify multimodal neural signatures of PTSD susceptibility in the acute aftermath of trauma exposure.

The overarching emphasis of Dr. Harnett’s work is on elucidating neural circuitry linked to acute and long-term development of post-traumatic syndromes and identifying robust and generalizable neurobiological targets for early intervention and treatment. Ultimately, the goal of this research is to develop predictive and preventative neuroscience-based techniques to reduce the prevalence of trauma and stress-related disorders.

In his academic career, Andrew has collaborated with some of the most venerated minds in psychology, contributing to seven leading research labs. These labs probe into a spectrum of topics, including Subjective Well-Being and Happiness, Cognitive and Organizational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Anxiety and Depression, Technology, and Identity, Culture and Developmental Research.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nathaniel Harnett has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. He receives grants from the National Institute of Health, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Department of Defense, National Institute of Aging, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Nathaniel Harnett receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nathaniel Harnett is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, International Society of Trauma Stress Studies and the Society for Biological Psychiatry. He is an Ad hoc reviewer for several peer review journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.