It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Kerry Ressler, Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Affiliate Scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is the recipient of the 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award. Dr. Ressler’s research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear learning and extinction of fear in mouse models and in humans with fear-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and panic disorder.
Dr. Ressler earned his MD/PhD from Harvard and came to Emory in 1997 for his residency training in psychiatry. He joined the faculty immediately thereafter and quickly rose through the ranks to full professor. Dr. Ressler has been the principal or co-principal investigator on more than 15 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as multiple foundation grants, including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He has published over 165 research articles, reviews and book chapters, representing a vibrant research program that has advanced our understanding of fear learning and extinction.
In addition to his successful research program, Dr. Ressler currently serves as co-director of the Grady Trauma Project and is an active member of numerous institutional committees, study sections, advisory boards, and five editorial boards. Moreover, he is a highly regarded mentor and teacher, having trained more than 12 graduate students and 12 postdoctoral fellows and served on 30 thesis committees. He was the 2012 recipient of the Emory Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Mentor Award.
Dr. Ressler has received many international honors, including the 2011 inaugural Eva King Killiam Award for Outstanding Translational Research from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the 2011 Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the 2011 Emil Kraepelin Guest Professorship at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, Germany. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2013. We are pleased to add to these accolades the School of Medicine’s highest award for research accomplishments.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ressler for his accomplishments and his contributions to our academic community.