Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

After completing his B.S. in molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Ressler received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard School of Medicine and its Department of Neurobiology in Boston, Massachusetts. While completing his residency in Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, he worked as a research fellow with Dr. Michael Davis at Emory, studying behavioral neuroscience.

Dr. Ressler’s lab at Yerkes Research Center is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear learning and the process of extinction of fear in mouse models. He hopes that by understanding how fear works in the brain, it will improve our understanding of and advance treatments for fear-based disorders, such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Panic Disorder. During his clinical time, Dr. Ressler is co-director with Dr. Bekh Bradley of the Grady Trauma Project.