Behavioral & Systems
Department of Psychology
Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Dr. Tracey J. Shors is a Distinguished Professor in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. She has been studying stress and memory for 30 years, with more than 130 scientific publications. One of her many goals is to understand how stress and trauma interact with learning to change the brain. Her experiments in the past have focused on neurogenesis, the production of new neurons in the adult hippocampus, and how these new cells are affected by stressful life experiences and new learning.

Over the past decade, Dr. Shors has turned her attention to the trauma of sexual aggression and violence and its effects on the female brain. She is especially committed to helping women learn to overcome the trauma of sexual violence. As such, she has developed a novel intervention known as MAP Training, which stands for Mental and Physical Training. The intervention combines aerobic exercise and silent meditation to reduce depression and ruminations about the past while increasing synchronized brain activity (Alderman et al., 2016; Shors et al., 2017). MAP Training also reduces trauma-related thoughts and ruminations about the past in women with a history of sexual violence. If you want to do MAP Training or know someone who might benefit, please send them to