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Jessica Harder is a third-year psychiatry resident in the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She is a 2002 graduate of Harvard College with a degree in psychology and a particular interest in biological anthropology, and completed an undergraduate honors thesis on the effect of muscle activation on the experience of control. After working in public health, international health, and obstetrics/gynecology, Jessica attended Weill Cornell Medical College where she received her M.D. in 2008. While there she used documentary film to explore the factors that contribute to resilience and high functioning in older people. Jessica’s research interests are in the interplay between behavior, social interaction, neurotransmitter and hormonal profiles, and neural circuits. She is currently focusing on the use of top-down modulation of neural activation to affect the experiences and behavior associated with addictions.

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