National Institute of Mental Health
Rebecca Shansky, an associate professor of psychology at Northeastern, is trying to understand the connection between the amount of an estrogen hormone in a woman’s system and her ability to respond to treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder by mapping the brain signals of female rats. She hopes her findings will lead to more effective treatments for women.
Imagine that a doctor could know which treatment would best help a patient with depression, anxiety, or some other mental illness by taking a picture of their brains, not unlike the way people get an X-ray for a broken bone. That will be in the future of clinical psychiatric practice, said Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, who started this semester as a psychology professor at Northeastern.