Tracey Shors, Ph.D.
Tracey Shors, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and a psychologist. She is currently Distinguished Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Dr. Shors received her masters and a doctorate from the University of Southern California, followed by postdoctoral training in neurophysiology. She spent time at Princeton University and Genentech before joining the faculty at Rutgers University. She has published more than 130 scientific articles in journals including Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience and Scientific American. Over the past decade, she has turned her attention to the problem of sexual violence and the female brain, with some of the most viewed research reports in Frontiers in Neuroscience and Frontiers in Psychiatry. Her work on sexual violence against women has been featured in the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, CNN, LA Times, Washington Post and NPR. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and NASA. Dr. Shors is past-president of the Pavlovian Society and was honored with their Women In Learning Award.
Dr. Shors has been studying the female brain and how it learns and responds to stress for 30 years. Based on her studies, she created the brain fitness program known as MAP Training My Brain, which combines "mental and physical" training with meditation and aerobic exercise. Her studies indicate that MAP Training decreases depression, anxiety and ruminating thoughts about the past, while increasing brain activity and cognitive control. MAP Training also reduces trauma-related thoughts and memories, while increasing self-worth in women with a history of sexual violence. Dr. Shors wants to make MAP Training the Brain available to anyone and everyone—because it is relatively easy to learn, doesn’t take much time and it works.