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Vasiliki Michopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Affiliate Scientist
Division of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience, Yerkes National Primate Research Center



Dr. Vasiliki (Vas) Michopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Emory University and an Affiliate Scientist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.  She has expertise in behavioral neuroendocrinology and psychoneuroimmunology. Dr. Michopoulos’ research investigates how psychosocial stress exposure (including trauma) across the lifespan adversely affects behavior and physiology using a translational neuroscience approach across non-human primates and humans in a sex-specific manner.   Her research is committed to studying women’s health by focusing broadly on how adverse social experience influences physiology, behavior, brain processes, and the emergence of psychopathology through changes in neuroendocrine and inflammatory signaling.   I employ robust social behavioral paradigms, hormone manipulation, dietary interventions, psychophysiology, neuroimaging techniques, as well as novel genetic approaches to understand the etiology of stress-induced alterations in behavior and physiology during development and in adulthood in non-human primates and humans.