Stephen Maren, Ph.D. is the Claude H, Everett, ’47 Jr. Chair of Liberal Arts, Professor of Psychology, and Presidential Impact Fellow at Texas A&M University. He is also a member of the Texas A&M University Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. Maren’s research seeks to understand the neural basis of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His research on the neurobiology of Pavlovian fear conditioning and extinction in animals has revealed interactions between a triad of interconnected brain areas, including the hippocampus, amygdala, and prefrontal cortex, that are essential for the regulation of emotional memory. Importantly, stress yields dysfunction in these circuits that both impairs fear extinction and promotes fear relapse, a process that may contribute to the development of PTSD. Dr. Maren is a recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology (2001) and the D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (2017).
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy Award-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.