Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of the Division of Depression and Anxiety at McLean Hospital, and James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Psychiatry at McLean and Harvard Medical School. He recently relocated to McLean after 18 years at Emory University where helped to found the Grady Trauma Project focusing on trauma and trauma-related sequela in inner-city Atlanta. He received his BS degree in molecular biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MD/PhD from Harvard Medical School. He is a former Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and has been on advisory boards for a number of large studies focusing on trauma, PTSD, and TBI in military and veteran cohorts. Dr. Ressler’s Lab focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic research. His basic and clinical research examines neurobiological, molecular, genetic and behavioral processes that underlie fear-related processing and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Ressler co-chairs the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC).