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Broadly, I am interested in examining the neurobiological and endocrinological mechanisms underlying the differential onset and maintenance of psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression, & PTSD) in adolescence and into adulthood.
B.S. in Biopsychology, Tufts University (Medford, MA)
Merker, J. B., Dixon, H. D., Gluck, R., Kim, Y. J., Powers, A., Schwartz, A. C., Jovanovic, T.,
Umpierrez, G., Ressler, K. J., Michopoulos, V., Pace, T. W. W., Gillespie, C. F.*, & Seligowski, A. V.* (2022). Heart rate variability and HbA1c predict plasma interleukin-6 response to psychosocial stress challenge in trauma-exposed women with Type 2 Diabetes. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity – Health, 19, 100400.
Seligowski, A. V., Duffy, L. A., Merker, J. B., Michopoulos, V., Gillespie, C. F., Marvar, P. J.,
Stein, M. B., & Ressler, K. J. (2021). The renin-angiotensin system in PTSD: A replication and extension. Neuropsychopharmacology, 46(4):750-755.
Seligowski, A. V., Harnett, N. G., Merker, J. B., & Ressler, K. J. (2020). Nervous and
endocrine system dysfunction in posttraumatic stress disorder: An overview and consideration of sex as a biological variable. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 5(4), 381-391.
Merker, J. B., Hill, S. B., Wolff, J., Winternitz, S. R., Ressler, K. J., Lebois, L. A. M., &
Kaufman, M. L. (2021). Posttraumatic cognitions predict distorted body perceptions in women with dissociative identity disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 134, 166-172.
Merker, J. B., Seligowski, A. V., Phillips, K. A., Michopoulos, V., Gillespie, C. F., Marvar, P.
J., & Ressler, K. J (2020, April). The renin-angiotensin system and PTSD: Moderating effects of sex and genotype. Poster accepted to the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, New York, NY.
Merker, J. B., Seligowski, A.V., Hill, S.B., Wolff, J., Winternitz, S.R., Ressler, K. J., Kaufman,
M.L, & Lebois, L. A. M. (2019, November). An Exploration of Cardiovascular Response to Fear Acquisition in Individuals with PTSD and Trauma-Related Dissociation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Boston, MA.
Kaufman, M. L. (2019, March). Abnormal body perceptions in women with early childhood trauma. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL.
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