Jenna Michelle Traynor, Ph.D.
Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
115 Mill St
Belmont MA 02478
|Centre for Addiction and Mental Health & University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario Canada||Postdoctoral Fellowship||08/2021||Psychology|
|Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto Ontario Canada||Clinical Psychology Residency||08/2018||Clinical Psychology|
|McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario Canada||Ph.D.||09/2018||Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior (Clinical Psychology Stream)|
|York University, Toronto Ontario Canada||B.A. (Hons)||06/2010||Psychology|
2019 - 2021
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
2016 - 2017
Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2023 - 2025
Families for BPD Research Investigator
Dr. Traynor is a clinical psychologist with a strong interest in borderline personality disorder (BPD) and trauma-related disorders. Her program of research uses brain imaging and cognitive assessments to identify markers of suicide risk and predict treatment response in people with life-threatening behaviors. She is also focused on developing new treatments to reduce suicide risk and improve interpersonal functioning in people at high risk of suicide, such as those with BPD and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Specifically, Dr. Traynor is interested in combining neurotherapeutics (e.g., brain stimulation, psychedelics) with talk therapy to create more effective and individualized treatments for BPD and PTSD. Dr. Traynor joined the faculty at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 2021 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts USA and Ontario, Canada with extensive clinical training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for BPD, and evidence-based interventions for PTSD and trauma. She is also certified in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Research Interests: personality disorders; trauma; brain imaging; cognition; neurostimulation; psychotherapy; psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy
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Jan 15, 2023 - Jan 14, 2025
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF/NARSAD) Young Investigator Award
Dimensional personality functioning as a transdiagnostic predictor of suicide-related outcomes following partial hospitalization
Role: Principal Investigator
Oct 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2022
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Pilot Innovation Grant
Development and Initial Testing of a Couple-Based Intervention to Optimize Suicide and Self-Injury Treatment: COMPASS (Connecting, Overcoming, and Moving Past Suicide and Self-Injury)
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