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Dunsmoor, Joseph

Joseph E Dunsmoor Jr

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience


Phone: 512-495-5144

Office Location
HDB 4.216

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Dr. Joseph Dunsmoor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Joseph received his PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience from Duke University in 2012 and completed a postdoc at New York University in 2017.

Research in Dr. Dunsmoor’s lab centers on how emotion and cognition interact to determine how we learn about and remember important events. This research integrates a number of psychological and neuroscience disciplines, including Pavlovian conditioning, categorization, decision making, and episodic memory and incorporates fMRI, psychophysiology, and immersive virtual reality tools. Some research questions include (1) on what basis do we generalize from emotional experiences; (2) how do emotional experiences shape our memory; and (3) how do we overcome (or regulate) the unwanted psychological and physiological effects of negative experiences?

Dr. Dunsmoor’s lab seeks to bridge research from healthy adults to patients characterized by the inability to regulate fear and anxiety using translational cognitive neuroscience approaches. This research is funded in part by an R00 Pathway to Independence Award from NIMH.

NIMH Pathway to Independence Award R00MH106719