Specialty Area(s): Neural basis of emotion and memory.
A world renowned researcher in the study of the brain mechanisms of emotion, Joseph LeDoux, PhD is the Director of the Emotional Brain Institute at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. His work at the EBI aims to build on his past groundbreaking research using animal models to unlock the secrets of emotions, especially fear and anxiety. He currently serves on numerous editorial boards including Annual Review of Psychology, Behavioral Brain Research, Cognitive Systems Research, Journal of Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Brain and Mind, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Neuron, Neuro-Psychoanalysis, and Neuropsychologia. His books, The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self, have been translated into numerous languages and are used to guide researchers and clinicians in their efforts to understand and treat emotions.
Dr. LeDoux is the recipient of several awards including the Fyssen Foundation International Prize, Research Scientist Award (KO5) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association, the Merit Award from the NIMH, the Research Scientist Development Award (KO2) from the NIMH, the Margaret and Louis Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences from New York University, and the Jean Louis Signoret Prize from the NIMH.
He received his BS and MS from Louisiana State University and his PhD from the State University of New York.