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Lisa M Shin
Lisa Shin is a Professor of Psychology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where she has been a faculty member since 1998. After obtaining a BA in Psychology at Dartmouth College, she went on to obtain a PhD in Psychology at Harvard University. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
The principal theme of her research involves the examination of brain function and cognitive processing in patients with anxiety disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her work involves the use of positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging and is aimed at determining whether brain structures such as the amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus function normally in patients with PTSD. Findings from her lab suggest that threat-related stimuli elicit an exaggerated response in the amygdala and a diminished response in the medial prefrontal cortex in PTSD. Her lab is currently seeking to determine whether such functional neuroimaging measures can be used to help predict treatment response and whether functional brain abnormalities in PTSD are acquired characteristics of the disorder or whether they represent familial vulnerability factors that increase the risk of PTSD after trauma exposure. .
She has received a number of prizes for her research, including Young Investigator Awards (1999-2001; 2003-2005) from the American National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.