Sara Trace, Ph.D.

Sara TraceSara Trace, PhD, LCP received a BS in Neuroscience from Bates College, a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed her predoctoral clinical internship in Neuropsychology at Yale University. Dr. Trace’s primary research interests focus on understanding the genetic and biological risk factors for eating disorders; and using these findings to inform novel treatment interventions.

Dr. Trace is the 2012 recipient of a Davis Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Eating Disorders. This grant provides Dr. Trace with funding through August 2015 to conduct research on the genetics of anorexia nervosa. Specifically, she will be incorporating data from the Genetics Consortium of Anorexia Nervosa (GCAN) into a larger cross-disorder genomewide association study. Dr. Trace is also the recipient of a 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Her project titled “Oxytocin in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa,” will determine the effects of intranasal oxytocin in the treatment of anorexia nervosa using psychological and neurocognitive assessments as well as functional neuroimaging. When not conducting research, Dr. Trace works as a clinician, performing both group and individual therapy.



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