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- Investigator, McGovern Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Brain
and Cognitive Sciences
- phone: 617-324-2304
- fax: 617-452-4119
- MIT address: 46-2171B
- email: email@example.com
Stressing the brain
Ki Ann Goosens studies the relationship between fear, anxiety, and stress. She found that chronic stress increases the tendency to form fearful memories. Her current research is focused on understanding the basis of this effect. Goosens hopes that a better understanding of the brain's response to stress will lead to new therapeutic strategies for anxiety disorders, depression, and other psychiatric diseases.
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Ki Ann Goosens joined the McGovern Institute at MIT as a Principal Investigator in the fall of 2006 after completing her post-doctoral research with Dr. Robert Sapolsky at Stanford University under a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She received a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2002, where she earned awards for the most outstanding dissertation and for outstanding undergraduate teaching. While there, she was the first and only student in any psychology program to receive a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship in the Biological Sciences. She received a B.A. with Distinction in Cognitive Science with a Concentration in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia, where she was a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Apprentice, in 1995.