Rachel Yehuda (born 1959) is the Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
She was born August 1, 1959, in Israel to an observant Jewish family. Throughout her childhood she was immersed in Jewish culture and tradition, attending a Jewish day school and raised by her rabbi father. She grew up in Cleveland in a neighborhood populated by many Holocaust survivors- an experience that ultimately prompted her research on intergenerational trauma.
She received her PhD in Psychology and Neurochemistry and her MS in Biological Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed her postdoctoral training in Biological Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at Yale Medical School.
She has authored more than 250 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD. Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. She has an active federally funded clinical and research program that welcomes local and international students and clinicians. Her research has focused on the children of Holocaust survivors and the children of pregnant women who survived the 9/11 attacks.
She has been awarded the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) 2004 Guest Professorship. Her most cited article is a review of Post-traumatic stress disorder published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which has received 1060 citations according to Google Scholar.
- "Rachel Yehuda - How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations". On Being with Krista Tippett. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D. "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" N Engl J Med 2002; 346:108-11 4January 10, 2002DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra012941
- R Yeuda citation record in Google Scholar