Mclean Hospital
Robert J. Fenster, MD, PhD

Robert J. Fenster, MD, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Robert J. Fenster, MD, PhD, is a research fellow in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Kerry Ressler and is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as a staff psychiatrist on the Short Term Unit. His clinical interests include correctional psychiatry, treatment of PTSD, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychiatric care of patients with movement disorders.

Dr. Fenster’s research interests involve investigating cell-type specific molecular mechanisms underpinning long-term sequelae of early life stress. Previously, he worked in the laboratories of Dr. Paul Greengard and Dr. Myriam Heiman, utilizing similar cutting-edge cell-type specific techniques to investigate pathology of Huntington’s disease model in mice.




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Education & Training:

  • 2003 AB, Harvard University
  • 2005 BA, University of Cambridge
  • 2011 PhD, The Rockefeller University
  • 2012 MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • 2012-2016 Psychiatry Residency, Brown University Alpert School of Medicine
Board Certifications:
  • 2016 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 2017 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts




Office Address:

Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center