Stephanie A. Maddox, PhD

Stephanie A. Maddox, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Stephanie A. Maddox, PhD, is an assistant neuroscientist in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory at McLean Hospital, where she is actively investigating the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms which underlie mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, employing a combination of behavioral, pharmacological, and molecular manipulations. Dr. Maddox is actively investigating the role that hormone signaling cascades play in mediating the neurobiological and circuit-level mechanisms that contribute to these disorders as well as examining mechanisms associated with responses to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Ultimately, she hopes that her research will inform the development of novel treatment avenues.

Dr. Maddox also maintains an interest in public science outreach and education. She is the co-founder and current director of McLean’s “Brains Matter” Neuroscience Education and Outreach Program which conducts presentations for audiences of all ages to engage in conversations about the biological basis of mental illness as a means to alleviate mental health stigma.

Education & Training

  • 2008 BS in Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina
  • 2011 MPhil in Psychology, Yale University
  • 2011 MS in Psychology, Yale University
  • 2013 PhD in Psychology, Yale University
  • 2013-2015 Cottrell Post-Doctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine
  • 2015-2018 Research Fellowship, Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory, McLean Hospital
  • 2016-2017 Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Fellowship, McLean Hospital


Phone: 617.855.4215
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 114