Martha Shenton Ph.D.



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Martha E. Shenton is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Division, Laboratory of Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, Boston VA Healthcare System, Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Radiology and Director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Imaging, Surgical Planning Laboratory, MRI Division, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She began working in the Laboratory of Neuroscience, directed by Dr. Robert W. McCarley, in 1984, and she began working in the Surgical Planning Laboratory with Drs. Ferenc Jolesz and Ron Kikinis in 1988. Drs. Shenton, McCarley, Kikinis, and Jolesz have been actively collaborating on brain structural anomalies in schizophrenia since 1988.
Her interests include neuroimaging studies in schizophrenia and schizophrenia related disorders. She has also been involved in neuroimaging studies of post-traumatic stress disorder with colleagues Drs. Roger Pitman, Mark Gilbertson, and Arieh Shalev. She is an established research investigator who has received a Career Scientist Development Award (K01, 1988-1993), two Independent Scientist Awards (K02, 1994-1999 and 1999-2004), and, most recently, a Senior Scientist Award (K05, 2004-2009) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She has also received R01 grant support from NIMH for her imaging studies in schizophrenia, as well as support from VA Merit Awards. She has also received numerous private foundation grants including two Milton Foundation Awards, two Scottish Rite Awards, a Stanley Foundation Award for Research into Serious Mental Illnesses, as well as being a Senior Mentor for the Stanley Medical Research Institute to support hands-on research experience for high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and medical students in the field of mental health. Most recently her research focus includes diffusion tensor imaging of white matter fiber tracts in schizophrenia. She is author on more than 150 peer reviewed empirical articles, as well as author or co-author on multiple book chapters and proceedings from professional meetings. She is on the editorial board of Schizophrenia Research, Schizophrenia Bulletin, and Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, as well as being a frequent reviewer for another fifteen journals. Additionally, she has served on National Institute of Health Study Committees, including the following Initial Review Groups: the Clinical Neuroscience and Biological Psychiatry, Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience-6, and, more recently, the Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders Study Section. She has also reviewed grants for the Wellcome Trust in the United Kingdom and for the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Board of Honors Tutors in the Department of Psychology (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and she is the Co-Chair of the Research and Development Committee, VA Boston Healthcare System, as well as a member of the Subcommittee of Professors, Harvard Medical School. She has received numerous awards throughout her career. Most recently she was the fifth recipient of the Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award for Research in Psychopathology.

Martha E. Shenton, Ph.D. 
Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory 
Harvard Medical School
VA Boston Healthcare System, Psychiatry (116A) 
940 Belmont St. Brockton, MA 02401 

Tel: (508) 583-4500 x1371, 3936 
Cell phone: (617) 699-6152 
Fax: (508) 586-0894 
E-mail: martha_shenton at

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