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Dr. Shors is a Distinguished Professor in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience in the Department Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience. She is also currently serving as the Graduate Director and Vice Chair. Dr. Shors works on the neuroscience of stress and trauma and how it interacts with learning and memory. She has close to 150 scientific publications and has translated some of this 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 program is meanwhile especially effective at decreasing ruminative thoughts about ourselves and our past. 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. She was recently awarded the W. Horsley Gantt Medal from the Pavlovian Society for her work on learning and memory and the “noble pursuit of truth.” Dr. Shors has recently written a book entitled “EVERYDAY TRAUMA” to be published by Flatiron Press, an imprint of Macmillan. The book is available in December 2021.