From Big Think.
Rachel Yehuda is a renowned professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and the Director of the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Specializing in the fields of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the intergenerational transmission of trauma, her groundbreaking research has significantly advanced our understanding of the mechanisms through which trauma affects individuals and is passed down to subsequent generations.
Yehuda’s work has been pivotal in identifying the biological markers of PTSD, demonstrating how traumatic experiences can alter stress hormone regulation and genetic expression—changes that can be transmitted to the offspring of those who are traumatized. Her studies have explored the effectiveness of various treatment methods for PTSD, including the potential therapeutic uses of MDMA and other psychedelics in treating trauma-related disorders.
Throughout her career, Yehuda has published extensively, contributing to over 300 scholarly articles that explore the nuances of trauma’s impact on the human psyche and body. Her dedication to unraveling the complexities of trauma and its treatment has not only provided deeper insight into PTSD but also offered hope and new directions for therapies to those affected by trauma across the globe.