ABIGAIL MARSH is an associate professor of psychology and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. She received her BA in psychology from Dartmouth College in 1999 and her PhD in social psychology in 2004. Before coming to Georgetown, she conducted post-doctoral work at the NIMH from 2004-2008.
Her areas of expertise include social and affective neuroscience, particularly understanding emotional processes like empathy and how they relate to altruism, aggression, and psychopathy. This work is conducted in studies of adolescents and adults that incorporate neuroimaging, cognitive and behavioral testing, and pharmacology techniques.
Her work has been published in academic journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and JAMA Psychiatry. Her lab's work on neural and cognitive correlates of extraordinary altruism was awarded the Cozzarelli Prize by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.