Dr. Jenna M. Traynor

Jenna M. Traynor, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Jenna M. Traynor, PhD, conducts research out of McLean Hospital’s Gunderson Institute for Personality Disorders. She is interested in the application of brain imaging and neurocognitive assessment to explore prospective biomarkers of treatment response and suicide risk in individuals who are at higher risk of suicide, with a focus on borderline personality disorder (BPD) and trauma. The ultimate aim of her research is to use neuroscience tools to create more effective and individualized treatments for people with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, including those with complex and treatment-resistant presentations.

Dr. Traynor’s clinical research interests span across psychotherapeutic and biological interventions, including dialectical behavior therapy, non-invasive neurostimulation and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. She is also a registered clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of borderline personality disorder and trauma. Dr. Traynor’s awards include the 2019-2021 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award and the 2016-2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award.

Education & Training

  • 2010 BA Honors in Psychology, York University
  • 2018 PhD in Clinical Psychology, McMaster University
  • 2017-2018 Residency in Clinical Psychology, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
  • 2018-2021 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Board Certifications:
  • 2019 Licensed Clinical Psychologist, College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • 2022 Licensed Psychologist, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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