Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Dr. Tracey Shors is Distinguished Professor in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience. She is currently serving as the Graduate Director and Vice Chair. Dr. Shors works on the neuroscience of stress and trauma and how it interacts with learning and memory. She has close to 150 scientific publications and has translated some of this research into a brain fitness program known as MAP Training, which stands for Mental And Physical Training. This program combines mental training with meditation and physical training with aerobic exercise. Studies indicate that doing both of these activities together can lessen depression, anxiety and traumatic thoughts about the past, while enhancing brain and whole body health (see maptrainmybrain.com). This program is meanwhile especially effective at decreasing ruminative thoughts in women with trauma history. Her program has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, and NPR, with workshops for Sounds True Brain Change Summit, Omega Institute and Mindful Leader. She was recently awarded the W. Horsley Gantt Medal from the Pavlovian Society for her work on learning and memory and the "noble pursuit of truth." Dr. Shors has recently written a book entitled "EVERYDAY TRAUMA" to be published by Flatiron Press, an imprint of Macmillan. The book is available in December 2021.


Recent publications:

Millon, E.M. & Shors, T.J. (2019). Taking neurogenesis out of the lab and into the world with MAP Train My Brain. Behavioural Brain Research, 376 (112154). doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.112154 


Lavadera, P., Millon, E.M., Shors, T.J. (2020). MAP Train My Brain: Meditation combined with aerobic exercise reduces stress and rumination while enhancing quality of life in medical students. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 26, 418-423. http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2019.0281


Millon, E.M. & Shors, T.J. (2021). How mental health relates to everyday stress, rumination, trauma and interoception in women living with HIV: A factor analytic study, Learning and Motivation 73, 101680.

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