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Dr. Tracey Shors is Distinguished Professor in Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience and a member of the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Dr. Shors received her doctorate in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Southern California along with postdoctoral training in neurophysiology, also at USC. She conducted research at Princeton University and briefly at Genentech before joining the faculty at Rutgers University in 1998. She has been at Rutgers University for more than 20 years. She is currently Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology.


With more than 140 scientific publications, Dr. Shors is committed to helping people overcome the stress and trauma of everyday life, with a special interest in helping women who have experienced emotional trauma. Based on her research, she developed MAP Training, which stands for Mental And Physical Training. MAP Train My BrainTM is an established brain fitness program that combines mental training with meditation and physical training with aerobic exercise. Doing both of these activities together can lessen depression, anxiety and traumatic thoughts about the past, while enhancing brain and whole body health (see maptrainmybrain.com). Her program has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, Time Magazine, and NPR, with workshops for Sounds True Brain Change Summit and Omega Institute.