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Jill Leslie Littrell


Ph.D., Arizona State University


Jill Littrell is an Associate Professor at Georgia State University where she teaches Psychopathology, Drugs and Alcohol, and Research Methods to Social Work students. After eight years as an MSSW social worker, she obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. Following a V.A. internship in Alcohol and Drugs, she worked as a psychologist in the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Department at CIGNA Health Plan. During her time at CIGNA she completed a two volume work on alcoholism published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. This endeavor further acquainted her with the neuroscience literature and the proliferating research on how stress influences the immune system and mood. Having been intrigued by the connections between mind and body, she pursued a Masters in Biology (Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry) while on faculty at Georgia State. Much of her class work and laboratory experience was focused on Immunology and Neuroscience. She continues to work in the Immunology lab of Dr. Yuan Liu. In recent years, she published various papers on the links between behavior, disease, and immune system function as well as on the efficacy of antidepressants. As of January 2015, she has published 37 peer reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. She has published in high impact journals such as Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Clinical Psychology Review, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Community Mental Health Journal and Frontiers in Psychology. Her latest book Neuroscience for Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals: Promoting Well-Being and Treating Mental Illness will be published by Springer in 2015. Many of her recent papers can be downloaded from ScholarWorks through the GSU library and through googlescholar.

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