Matthew Jerram, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology

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Director of Teaching Training and Inclusivity

On sabbatical, Spring 2020


  • 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, with a particular interest in 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 processing emotional dominance activates brain regions related to the salience network and the default mode network. These regions have also been implicated in dissociative processes and I am also investigating dissociation as an emotion regulation process. 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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  • Karpel, M. & Jerram, M. (2015) Levels of dissociation and non-suicidal self-injury: a quartile risk model. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 16, 303-321.
  • Jerram, M., Lee, A., Negreira, A. & Gansler, D. (2014) The neural correlates of the dominance dimension of emotion. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 221, 135-141.
  • 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.
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Courses Taught

  • NEUR 101 - Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYCH 215 - Behavioral Statistics
  • PSYCH 313 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSYCH 714 - Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • PSYCH 764 - Cognitive and Experimental Approaches to Emotion
  • PSYCH 792 - Introduction to Neuroscience