Jennifer C. Felger, PhD: Laboratory Director

Jennifer C. Felger, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Felger’s work combines basic and clinical approaches to understand the mechanisms by which inflammation affects neurotransmitters and neurocircuits to cause behavior symptoms in patients with major depression or medical illnesses like cancer. Her current work is focused on identifying dopaminergic therapies that might reverse the effects of inflammation on corticostriatal reward and motor circuits with the overarching goal of identifying treatments that can be targeted to patients with high inflammation. Dr. Felger has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and a Master’s in Clinical Research from Emory, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University. Her work has been funded by a R01 and R21 from NIMH and by foundations like the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), American Cancer Society and Dana Foundation. Dr. Felger has received early career and/or travel awards from a number of research societies including the Winter Conference on Brain Research and American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). In 2017 she was awarded the Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research from BBRF. She serves on the editorial board of Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain, Behavior and Immunity, and reviews grants for NIH, DOD and international study sections.