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Jennifer R. Fanning, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Jennifer R. Fanning, PhD, is a clinical psychologist conducting patient-oriented research on biological, psychological, and social aspects of interpersonal aggressive behavior in adults. Dr. Fanning’s current research, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, uses neuroimaging methods (fMRI and EEG) to investigate the neural correlates of impulsive aggressive behavior. She is a past recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression.

Dr. Fanning works clinically with adults with recurrent, impulsive anger outbursts and aggressive behavior, including individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), intermittent explosive disorder, and other commonly co-occurring conditions (such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders). Dr. Fanning’s research and clinical activities aim to improve treatment of anger and aggressive behavior.

Education & Training

  • 2005 BA in Psychology, Loyola University
  • 2008 MA in Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
  • 2011, PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
  • 2010-2011 Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • 2011-2013, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Center for PTSD, Yale School of Medicine
  • 2013-2016 Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Chicago
Board Certifications:
  • 2019 Licensed Psychologist, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Phone: 617.855.4170
Office Address: Belmont campus - de Marneffe Building, Second Floor