Jennifer Felger, PhD

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Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control

Biography

Jennifer Felger, PhD, serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Felger also is the Laboratory Director of the Emory Mind-Body Program. She studies the effects of inflammatory cytokines on neurotransmitters and neural circuits as they relate to behavioral change. She also collaborates with researchers at Winship Cancer Institute and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing to examine molecular and cellular pathways of immune activation in cancer patients who experience behavioral change in response to treatment.

Dr. Felger is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.

Education

Dr. Felger earned her PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University. She then continued her training in Neuroscience and Immunology as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University.

Research

Dr. Felger is currently exploring the role of dopamine in alterations in neurocircuitry associated with increased inflammation in patients with major depression using fMRI  and continuing her translational work to better understand the underlying neural and metabolic pathways by which cytokines may affect dopamine and glutamate to mediate depressive symptoms. She is also involved in ongoing projects examining the molecular and cellular pathways of immune activation in patients with major depression and in cancer patients who experience behavioral change in response to therapy.

Publications

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Awards

Dr. Felger is the recipient of a KL2 Scholarship through the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute and a 2014 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

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