Paul M. Plotsky, PhD

Plotsky joined the Emory faculty as a professor of psychiatry in 1992; since then he has directed the Stress Neurobiology Lab and has been a collaborating scientist in the Division of Neurobiology at Yerkes and is a faculty member of the Center for Behavioral Neurosciences. He holds adjunct professorships in the Department of Psychology and in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Before coming to Emory, Plotsky was a Mellon Foundation Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He also taught at the University of California at San Diego, where he was an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Biology.

Plotsky's research interests are focused on the determination of the neuroendocrine, behavioral and central nervous system consequences of adverse early experience during the perinatal period in rodent and nonhuman primate models as well as humans; the role of glucocorticoids on central nervous system gene expression and neurocircuitry; and clinical studies of the long-term consequences of childhood abuse on neuroendocrine, autonomic nervous system and behavioral function.

He has authored over 100 research articles. He currently sits on the editorial board for the journals, Stress, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroendocrinology and Current Psychiatry Reviews. He was past associate editor of the journal Endocrinology.


The 2007 Conference