Professor, Dept of Biology, TAMU

Mary Meagher, Ph.D.Mary W. Meagher is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Texas A&M University. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Neurobiology. She subsequently completed postdoctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Texas A&M University followed by a clinical internship at the San Antonio VA.

Her research focuses on the role of stress and emotion in health, with an emphasis on pain and inflammatory conditions. Meagher uses both animal and human laboratory models to examine how stress modulates pain sensitivity. Her recent human studies investigate the effects of adverse life events on pain sensitization and the mitigating effects of psychological interventions. Other work examines the effects of persistent pain on motivation and decision-making. Her recent animal work examines the role of neuroimmune priming in mediating the adverse effects of social stress in a model of multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Meagher is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and of the American Psychological Association in Divisions 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience) and 12 (Clinical Psychology) and the recipient of several university awards for research and service. Her laboratory has been funded by grants and fellowships from NIH, NSF, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


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