Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University
The Ressler Lab
Dr. Ressler researches the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear learning and the process of extinction of fear in mouse models and in humans with fear-related disorders. The primary objective of the work in the Ressler lab is to use the power of molecular genetics to understand the molecular biology, neural circuitry and behavioral biology of fear and extinction of fear in mouse models.
He is also a practicing psychiatrist with an interest in translational and clinical research on fear-based psychiatric disorders. His clinical psychiatry research focuses on PTSD, and he's a leader in the area of genetic underpinnings of fear and anxiety disorders. Ressler hopes that understanding how fear works in the mammalian brain in the laboratory will improve understanding of and provide translational treatments and possibly prevention for fear-based disorders such as PTSD, phobic disorders and panic disorder.
Dr. Ressler joined ADAA in 2005.