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Kate Webb, PhD


Kate Webb, PhD


McLean Hospital


McLean Hospital Mental Health Research Scholars



For nearly 30 years, the funding provided by the Rappaport Foundation to physicians and researchers has allowed brilliance to flourish and breakthroughs to triumph in the areas of neurologic diseases and mental illness.

Dr. Kate Webb’s research seeks to better understand the biological underpinnings of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and focuses on how structural inequities, individual characteristics and neurobiology interact to influence the course of psychological recovery after trauma. After graduating from Albion in 2016 with a degree in psychology, Kate earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

As a postdoctoral research fellow at McLean Hospital in Boston with Dr. Kerry Ressler and Dr. Nathaniel Harnett, Kate continues basic and translational research using neuroimaging, behavioral assessments and molecular genetics. In addition, Kate works on neuroethical issues, including how to identify and address racial and phenotypic biases embedded in neuroscience technologies.

With support from the Rappaport Foundation, Kate will work on examining interactions between time-varying environmental factors and genetic risk for PTSD. Kate hopes that detailed characterization of the socioenvironmental context may offer critical insight into the basis of PTSD susceptibility and development.