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BSC Counselor - Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD

Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., is the James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Psychiatry, Chief Scientific Officer, and Chief of the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders at McLean Hospital, affiliate of the Harvard Medical School.  He is also the 2016 President-Elect of the US Society for Biological Psychiatry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from M.I.T., and his M.D./Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School. In 1992 at Harvard, he was the first student of Dr. Linda Buck (Nobel Prize, 2004), helping to identify the molecular organization of the olfactory receptor system. Dr. Ressler is a previous Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a current member of the National Academy of Medicine.  His work focuses on translational research bridging molecular neurobiology in animal models with human genetic research on emotion, particularly fear and anxiety disorders. He has published over 230 manuscripts ranging from basic molecular mechanisms of fear processing to understanding how emotion is encoded in the brain across animal models and human patients.