Matthew W. Jerram, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Phone: 617-305-6357
Fax: 617-367-2924
Office: 73 Tremont Street, Rm. 8026




  • PhD, Suffolk University
  • MA, Suffolk University
  • MLA, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University

Internship: Brockton/West Roxbury VAMC - Harvard Medical School; Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Mental Health Center Clinical Research Fellowship; Two Brattle Center; Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Specialty Areas

Neuroimaging; affective neuroscience; cognitive behavioral therapy/dialectical behavior therapy; neuropsychological assessment; statistics; research design

My research focuses on understanding the relationship between the affective and cognitive processes that lead to our experience of emotion and how that relationship is reflected in brain structure and function. I approach this question from a constructionist perspective and have focused particularly on the dimensional model of emotion that includes the dimension of “emotional dominance” (the sense of being in control or out of control in an emotional context). Research in my lab has thus far demonstrated that passive processing of high and low emotional dominance activate different brain regions, including the insula and precuneus. This has led me to an interest in regions of the brain identified as a “salience” network (which includes the insula, anterior cingulate cortex and orbitofrontal cortex), as well as the default mode network, which includes the precuneus. I also theorize that emotional dominance is strongly predictive of the method of emotion regulation one uses and will help our understanding of behaviors such as dissociation, nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and anger expression. My research includes the use of both neuroimaging and behavioral methods, including functional MRI, structural MRI, resting state fMRI and cognitive, emotion and personality assessment.

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Selected Publications

Jerram, M., Lee, A., Negreira, A. & Gansler, D. (2014) The neural correlates of the dominance dimension of emotion. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 221, 135-141.

Chung, D., jerram, M., Lee, J., Katz, H. & Gansler, D. (2013) Convergance and divergence of neuroanatomic correlates and executive task performance in healthy controls and psychiatric participants. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 214, 221-228.

Gansler, D.A., Jerram, M.W., Vannorsdall, T., & Schretlen, D.J. (2012). Hierarchical organization of cortical morphology of decision-making when deconstructing Iowa Gambling Task performance in healthy adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 1-11.

Lee, A.W.K., Jerram, M., Fulwiler, C., Gansler, D. (2011) Neural correlates of impulsivity factors in psychiatric patients and healthy volunteers: A voxel-based morphometry study. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 5, 52-64.

Goldstein, J., Jerram, M., Poldrack, R., Makris, N. (2010) Sex differences in stress response circuitry activation in the brain dependent on female hormonal cycle. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 431-438.

Courses Taught

NEUR 101 -   Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYCH 215 - Behavioral Statistics
PSYCH 216 - Research Methods
PSYCH 312 - Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYCH 313 - Physiological Psychology
PSYCH 714 - Dialectical Behavior Therapy
PSYCH 722 - Graduate Statistics in Psychology I
PSYCH 723 - Graduate Statistics in Psychology II
PSYCH 764 - Cognitive and Experimental Approaches to Emotion