In relation to the expression “the body keeps the score”, scientist Dr. Rachel Yehuda discusses the biological factors that influence our subjective experience of stress levels. A stress response was meant to be transient; that the body is intended to recalibrate to a level of homeostasis; however, given the biological responses that Dr. Yehuda explains, the body can be viewed differently as an iterative process of engagement with environment, sometimes for the good and sometimes not good for individual.
Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, is the Director of the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research. She is also Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which includes the PTSD clinical research program and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies.
She has authored more than 450 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD. Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma an PTSD. She has an active federally-funded clinical and research program that welcomes local and international students and clinicians.
Financial: Dr. Rachel Yehuda has an employment relationship with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Rachel Yehuda is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the International Society for Neuroscience, and the Anxiety Disorder Association of America. She serves on the scientific advisory board for the National Anxiety Foundation. Dr. Yehuda is an ad hoc grant reviewer for the VA Merit Review Committee, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
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