Jennifer Fanning, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

Associate Research Psychologist
Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Laboratory

McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Office: deMarneffe Building, office 226
Phone: 617-855-4170


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi (2011)
B.A., Loyola University (2005)


Curriculum vitae


Research Interests

Dr. Fanning is a clinical psychologist whose research and clinical practice is focused on clinically significant anger and aggressive behavior. Dr. Fanning’s current research focuses on the neural mechanisms that underlie the relationship between trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and aggressive behavior. Dr. Fanning uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electrophysiology (EEG) to investigate how neural circuits implicated in emotional processes and cognitive control contribute to aggressive behavior, with the goal of improving interventions for anger and aggression.

Dr. Fanning is currently a researcher in the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research. Dr. Fanning’s research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.