In relation to the expression “the body keeps the score”, scientist Dr. Rachel Yehuda discusses the biological factors that influence our subjective experience of stress levels. A stress response was meant to be transient; that the body is intended to recalibrate to a level of homeostasis; however, given the biological responses that Dr. Yehuda explains, the body can be viewed differently as an iterative process of engagement with environment, sometimes for the good and sometimes not good for individual.
Rachel Yehuda, PhD, has been a tenured professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) for over 20 years with a demonstrated record of successful and productive research projects. She received her PhD at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA and completed post-doctoral work at Yale Medical School. Dr. Yehuda is the Mental Health Patient Care Center Director and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Neuroendocrinology and Neurochemistry at the James J. Peters VAMC and has recently been appointed as Vice Chair for the Veterans Affairs in the Psychiatry Department. Her expertise is in the study of the enduring effects of trauma exposure, particularly PTSD, as well as associations between biological and psychological measures. Throughout her career she has been interested in the role of hormones and other molecular and brain processes in producing vulnerability and resilience to trauma exposure. Dr. Yehuda's laboratory has produced more than 400 peer-reviewed publications from previous projects as well as over 10 edited volumes. Her work has been featured in several documentaries and lay media.
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