Stephen A. Maren, Ph.D.
Scientific Council Member (Joined 2017)
2017 Distinguished Investigator Grant
Stephen A. Maren, Ph.D.
Claude H, Everett, ’47 Jr. Chair of Liberal Arts
Professor of Psychology
Presidential Impact Fellow
Stephen Maren, Ph.D. is the Claude H, Everett, ’47 Jr. Chair of Liberal Arts, Professor of Psychology, and Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M University. He is also a member of the Texas A&M University Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. Maren’s research seeks to understand the neural basis of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His research on the neurobiology of Pavlovian fear conditioning and extinction in animals has revealed interactions between a triad of interconnected brain areas, including the hippocampus, amygdala, and prefrontal cortex, that are essential for the regulation of emotional memory. Importantly, stress yields dysfunction in these circuits that both impairs fear extinction and promotes fear relapse, a process that may contribute to the development of PTSD. Dr. Maren is a recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology (2001) and the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (2017). He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science, Past-President of the Pavlovian Society, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioural Brain Research. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1995 and is a recipient of the 2015 McKnight Memory and Cognitive Disorders award.
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