Matthew W. Jerram, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Phone: 617-305-6357
Fax: 617-367-2924
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 618




  • 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

Primarily, I am interested in exploring the brain systems responsible for the interaction of cognitive and affective processes, especially the process of emotion regulation. My research focuses on the dimensional model of emotion, especially the dimension of emotional dominance. In particular, I am focusing on a specific set of brain regions that includes the anterior cingulate gyrus, insula and orbitofrontal cortex, which have been identified as a “salience” network and are central to emotional dominance. My methods include the use of functional MRI, structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, psychophysiology (including electrodermal response) and cognitive and affective assessment. Secondarily, I am interested in the mechanisms of emotional regulation and their relationship to cognitive functioning (i.e., the relationship between dissociation and executive functions).

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Selected Publications

Gansler, D.A., Jerram, M.W., Vannorsdall, T., & Schretlen, D.J. (2011). 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.

Emerton, B., Jerram, M., Deckersbach, T., Dougherty, D., Fulwiler, C., Gansler, D. (2009). A comparison of voxel-based morphometry and volumetry methods in the context of the neural basis of aggression. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 3, 332-341.

Goldstein, J., Jerram, M., Poldrack, R., Ahern, T., Kennedy, D., Seidman, L., Makris, N. (2005). Hormonal cycle modulates arousal circuitry in women using fMRI. Journal of Neuroscience, 25, 9309-9316

Courses Taught

PSYCH 215 - Behavioral Statistics
PSYCH 216 - Research Methods
PSYCH 313 - Physiological Psychology
PSYCH 722 - Graduate Statistics in Psychology I
PSYCH 723 - Graduate Statistics in Psychology II
PSYCH 764 - Cognitive and Experimental Approaches to Emotion
PSYCH 792 - Introduction to Neuropsychology