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Jenna Michelle Traynor, Ph.D.


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health & University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario CanadaPostdoctoral Fellowship08/2021Psychology
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto Ontario CanadaClinical Psychology Residency08/2018Clinical Psychology
McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario CanadaPh.D.09/2018Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior (Clinical Psychology Stream)
York University, Toronto Ontario CanadaB.A. (Hons)06/2010Psychology
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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  1. 30728 (Jenna Traynor) 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
  2. PRG-0-057-19 (Skye Fitzpatrick) 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)
    Role: Co-Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.