Welcome to the PTSD &TBI Neuroimaging Lab

Our primary research area is focused on brain changes in posttraumatic stress disorder. We are interested in the role fear, threat, guilt and other emotions along with their interaction with cognitive functions such as working memory, attention, and episodic memory in PTSD. Functional MRI employing cognitive challenge tasks, pharmacological challenges, emotion regulation strategies, as well as structural MRI, candidate gene, genome wide association studies (GWAS), and gene expression are converging methodologies for understanding mechanisms of PTSD. Our second research area is focused on understanding changes in mild traumatic brain injury using diffusion and structural imaging to better understand the role of clinical symptoms and mechanism of injury.

Lab News:


July 2019

Congrats to Heather Bouchard for presenting at the 35th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium (NNS) and being chosen as one of the Top 20 Trainee Poster Competition Finalists.


June 2019

PTSD & TBI Neuroimaging Lab welcomes new lab member: Mary Nicole Buckley, Post-bacc Research Assistant


May 2019

PTSD & TBI Neuroimaging Lab welcomes new lab member: Amanda Watts, Post-bacc Research Assistant

Congrats to Ashley Clausen, Emily Clarke, & Rajendra Morey for presenting at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)

Congrats to Clare Kehoe for successfully defending her undergraduate honors thesis. She will graduate with distinction in Neuroscience!


March 2019

Congrats to Ashley Clausen for presenting at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), leading the Early Career SIG as co-vice chair. Dr. Clausen was also recognized as an Emerging Leaders Awardee for 2019.


February 2019

PTSD & TBI Neuroimaging Lab welcomes new lab members: Viraj Adduru, Visiting Graduate Student and Molly Monsour, Undergraduate


December 2018

Congrats to Ashley Clausen, Rachel Phillips, & Rajendra Morey for presenting at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)


August 2018

PTSD & TBI Neuroimaging Lab welcomes new lab member Ashley Clausen, PhD., MIRECC VA Research Fellow


July 2018

PTSD & TBI Neuroimaging Lab welcomes new lab member Gopalkumar Rakesh, M.D., MIRECC VA Research Fellow


June 2018

PTSD & TBI Neuroimaging Lab welcomes new lab members: Heather Bouchard, Post-bacc Research Assistant; Clare Kehoe, Honors Student; Arnav Pondicherry, Research Associate, and Aurelio Falconi, Post-bacc Research Assistant


May 2018

Congrats to Delin Sun for presenting at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)


April 2018

Congrats to Rachel Phillips, Ashley Clausen, & Delin Sun for presenting at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)


August 2017

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Grant awarded (PI Morey):
“Trauma and Genomics Modulate Brain Structure across Common Psychiatric Disorders”