Research/Areas of Interest:

Clinical Neuroscience


  • PhD, Psychology, Harvard University, United States, 1997
  • AM, Psychology, Harvard University, United States, 1995
  • AB, Psychology, Dartmouth College, United States, 1990


Dr. Shin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Dartmouth College and a PhD in Psychology at Harvard University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and has been a faculty member at Tufts since 1998.

Dr. Shin's research involves using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) to examine brain function and cognition in patients with anxiety disorders, especially posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of this research is to determine whether brain structures such as the amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus function abnormally and mediate symptoms in patients with PTSD. Dr. Shin and her colleagues also seek to determine the origin of biomarkers for PTSD (e.g., acquired or familial) and whether functional neuroimaging measures can help predict response to treatment.

Undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research in the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Neuroimaging Laboratory should consult the lab's website for instructions.