Rachel Yehuda, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mental Health Patient Care Center Director at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received her PhD in psychology and neurochemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed her postdoctoral training in Biological Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at Yale Medical School.
Yehuda has authored more than 300 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD and has received numerous federal grants. Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. She has received many awards in recognition of her work including the Curt Richter Prize in psychoneuroendocrinology, and the Laufer award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress and has received guest professorships from the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) 2004 and Leiden University (Leiden, 2010) to recognize outstanding contributions in neuroscience and endocrinology, respectively.