Lab Director

F3_bw-01 Alexander J. Shackman, Ph.D.


Curriculum Vitae

Research Statement

Teaching/Mentorship Statement


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience (Clinical & CNS Area Groups), a member of the executive board for the interdepartmental Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program, a core faculty member of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC), and the Director of the Affective and Translational Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Maryland. My work is supported by the NIMH (R01-MH107444, 2016-21) and NIDA (R21-DA040717, 2016-18) and has led to 60 papers and chapters, including several major theoretical reviews—in Nature Reviews Neurosci, J Neurosci, and Psychol Bull—as well as empirical reports in PNAS USA, Molecular Psychiatry, Psychol Sci, and elsewhere. I am Co-Editor of The Nature of Emotion (Oxford University Press), serve as Associate/Consulting Editor at several journals (e.g., Emotion), and have co-edited two special issues focused on the neurobiology of emotional states, traits, and disorders. I regularly chair symposia at international scientific meetings and have been invited to lecture around the world, including Hamburg, McLean/HMS, Yale, Johns Hopkins, UVA, Vanderbilt, and NIMH. I am an active member of the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) consortium, helped organize the SOBP annual meeting for 3 years, and frequently review grant applications for the NIH and NSF. At Maryland, I have had the good fortune to mentor a number of excellent trainees (from undergraduates to staff scientists), help my graduate students to secure fellowships and awards (e.g., NSF GRF), and develop new courses (e.g., Affective Science Perspectives on Temperament & Personality).