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Vasiliki Michopoulos, PhD

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Core Scientist
Emory National Primate Research Center

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine

Grady Trauma Project

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Dr. Vasiliki (Vas) Michopoulos has expertise in both nonhuman primate (NHP) and human behavioral neuroendocrinology and psychoneuroimmunology. Her research investigates how psychosocial stress exposure (including trauma) across the lifespan adversely affects behavior and physiology using a translational neuroscience approach across NHPs and humans in a sex-specific manner. Her research is committed to studying women’s health by focusing broadly on how adverse social experience influences physiology, behavior, brain processes and the emergence of psychopathology through changes in neuroendocrine and inflammatory signaling. She employs robust social behavioral paradigms, hormone manipulation, dietary interventions, psychophysiology, neuroimaging techniques as well as novel genetic approaches to understand the etiology of stress-induced alterations in behavior and physiology during development and in adulthood in NHPs and humans.

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