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Dr. JensC.Pruessner, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
McGill Centre for Studies in Aging
6825 LaSalle Blvd
Douglas Mental Health University Institute
6875 LaSalle Blvd
514-761-6131 ext. 4399
Dr. Pruessner is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurosurgery. He is also the Director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging as well as the director of the Aging and Alzheimer Research Axis at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. He specializes in the fields of aging, psychoneuroendocrinology, and neuroimaging. His research themes deal with stress perception and processing, effects of chronic stress on the aging process, and factors of vulnerability and resilience. With his team, he developed and validated the mental arithmetic task for stress induction in neuroimaging settings, the Montreal Imaging Stress Task (MIST). This task allows the investigation of brain activations associated with the metabolic response to stress. Since 2003, Dr. Pruessner has coordinated multiple undergraduate and graduate courses at McGill University. His lab team comprises ten graduate students, whom he encourages to freely explore psychology and neuroscience, guiding them to draw their own conclusions. Dr. Pruessner has received many accolades from his peers, such as a Young Investigator Award in 2000 from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). In addition, Dr. Pruessner accepted a chercheur-boursier Junior 2 from FRSQ in 2002, a CIHR New Investigator Award in 2005, an ISPNE Curt Richter Young Investigator Award in 2008, and a CCNP Young Investigator Award in 2009.
Undergraduate: University of Trier, Germany
Member of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology
Member of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Pruessner JC, Dedovic K, Pruessner M, Lord C, Buss C, Collins L, Dagher A, Lupien SJ. Stress regulation in the central nervous system: evidence from structural and functional neuroimaging studies in human populations. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2010;35(1):179-91.
Dedovic K, D’Aguiar C, Pruessner JC. What stress does to your brain: a review of neuroimaging studies. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2009;54(1):6-15.
Dedovic K, Duchesne A, Andrews J, Engert V, Pruessner JC. The brain and the stress axis: the neural correlates of cortisol regulation in response to stress. Neuroimage. 2009;47(3):864-71.
Dedovic K, Rexroth M, Wolff E, Duchesne A, Scherling C, Beaudry T, Lue SD, Lord C, Engert V, Pruessner JC. Neural correlates of processing stressful information: an event-related fMRI study. Brain Res. 2009;1293:49-60.
Dedovic K, Wadiwalla M, Engert V, Pruessner JC. The role of sex and gender socialization in stress reactivity. Developmental Psychology. 2009;45(1):45-55.
Lord C, Buss C, Lupien SJ, Pruessner JC. Hippocampal volumes are larger in postmenopausal women using estrogen therapy compared to past users, never users and men: a possible window of opportunity effect. Neurobiology of Aging. 2008;29(1):95-101.
Loucks EB, Juster RP, Pruessner JC. Neuroendocrine biomarkers, allostatic load, and the challenge of measurement: a commentary on Gersten. Social Science and Medicine. 2008;66(3);525-30.
Pruessner JC, Dedovic K, Khalili-Mahani N, Engert V, Pruessner M, Buss C, Renwick R, Dagher A, Meaney MJ, Lupien S. Deactivation of the limbic system during acute psychosocial stress: evidence from positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. Biol Psychiatry. 2008;63(2):234-240.
Wrosch C, Miller GE, Lupien S, Pruessner JC. Diurnal cortisol secretion and 2-year changes in older adults’ physical symptoms: the moderating roles of negative affect and sleep. Health Psychology. 2008;27(6):685-693.
Buss C, Lord C, Wadiwalla M, Hellhammer DH, Lupien SJ, Meaney MJ, Pruessner JC. Maternal care modulates the relationship between prenatal risk and hippocampal volume in women but not in men. J Neurosci. 2007;27(10):2592-2595.