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Dr. Tracey Shors is a Distinguished Professor in Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience & Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. She currently serves as the Graduate Director and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Shors works on the neuroscience of stress and trauma and has recently written a popular book on the topic: “EVERYDAY TRAUMA.” It was published in 2021 by Flatiron Press, an imprint of Macmillan and available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Audible, and most book stores. 

With ~150 scientific publications, Dr. Shors translated some of her research into a brain fitness program known as MAP Training, which stands for Mental And Physical Training. This program combines mental training with meditation and physical training with aerobic exercise. Studies indicate that doing both of these activities together can lessen depression, anxiety and traumatic thoughts about the past, while enhancing brain and whole body health (see

This past year, her research efforts were recently recognised with W. Horsley Gantt Medal from the Pavlovian Society for the “noble pursuit of truth.” Aside from scientific publications, her 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. Her book Everyday Trauma was featured on Good Morning America, Think Radio and in the New York Times Book Review.