Melissa A. Rosenkranz

Credentials: (she/her)


Department of Psychiatry
Area Groups: Clinical,
Biology of Brain and Behavior

My program of research is focused on investigating the biology of the bi-directional mind-brain-immune pathways through which emotion and inflammation are mutually influential. I use a wide range of tools for this purpose, including functional and structural neuroimaging (MRI and PET). Behavioral interventions, such as meditation, are an important aspect of this work, where the neural processing of stress and emotion are examined as modifiable targets for treatment of chronic inflammation. More recently, I have begun pursuing questions related to the impact of inflammation in the body on brain health and long-term cognitive function. I have long-standing relationships with members of the Psychology Department, as a former student and member of the Biology of Brain and Behavior area group.