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Josephine C. McGowan, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Research Fellow in Psychiatry


Josephine C. McGowan, PhD, investigates the molecular mechanisms of resilience to stress. She began her research while an undergraduate at Barnard College in Dr. Christine Ann Denny’s laboratory, where she continued working as a graduate student at Columbia University. Dr. McGowan studied the mechanisms of action of ketamine as a prophylactic against stress-induced psychiatric disease.

Currently, Dr. McGowan is working as part of the Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research, with translational studies focusing on the interactions among stress, sleep, and inflammation. She is a recipient of the NIH and BRAIN Initiative Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award.

Education & Training

  • 2016 BA in Neuroscience and Behavior, Barnard College
  • 2022 PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University


Phone: 617.855.2019
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 215