PTSD: The Brain Basis of Susceptibility

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
PTSD: The Brain Basis of Susceptibility

Survivors vary in their likelihood of developing PTSD after trauma exposure due, in part, to how the brain handles the stress of the experience. This webinar will highlight emerging research supported by BBRF that has begun to identify the brain circuits that contribute to PTSD susceptibility and may be used to predict future PTSD symptoms. Further, future directions to improve the generalizability of neuroscience-based prediction of PTSD will be discussed.

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Presented by 
Nathaniel G. Harnett, Ph.D.
Nathaniel G. Harnett, Ph.D.

Director of the NATE Lab

McLean Hospital

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry

Harvard Medical School

2021 Young Investigator Grant


Dr. Nathaniel Harnett is Director of the NATE Lab at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research primarily focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms of susceptibility to trauma and stress-related disorders. His work has been featured in academic and general audience publications and funded by organizations such as the National Institute of Mental Health, the Ford Foundation, and BBRF.

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.