MacArthur Fellows Program

Jay Michael Weiss

Psychologist | Class of March 1984

Title
Psychologist
Location
New York, New York
Age
43 at time of award

Jay Weiss is an experimental and clinical psychologist who examines behavioral and physiological processes occurring in stress reactions.

His laboratory utilizes behavioral, biochemical, electrophysiological, and immunological techniques to explore the relationship between brain, physiology, and behavior.  Weiss uses animal models of abnormal behavior to understand the effects of stress on various physiological systems.  His interests extend to the relationship between brain mechanisms and the functioning of the immune system and hormonal mechanisms.  In the clinical setting, he studies the neurochemical basis of depression and mania, with the goal of uncovering a specific neurological sequence that causes certain reactions.  His early research established the paradigm for development of gastric ulcers in animals subjected to inescapable stress.

Weiss held teaching and research positions at Rockefeller University and Duke University.  He is the director of research at the Georgia Mental Health Institute and is the Jenny Culbreth Adams Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine.  He is also a practicing psychotherapist.

Weiss received a B.A. (1962) from Lafayette College, and a Ph.D. (1967) from Yale University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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