Jennifer M. Coughlin has been a member of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty since July 2012. She is an attending physician on the Young Adult Affective Disorders Inpatient Service and directs the Young Adult Affective Disorders Consultation Clinic.
Coughlin’s research focuses on molecular neuroimaging techniques, with core competency in positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. She leads an interdepartmental initiative to apply new PET-based radiotracers to the study of aberrant immune signaling that may contribute to neurologic and psychiatric conditions. She has published first-author work in high-impact journals such as JAMA Neurology, Translational Psychiatry, and
Her recent work focuses on imaging markers relevant to the role of
neuroimmunity in recovery from sports-related traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and recent onset of psychosis. Jennifer Coughlin's imaging work aims to inform the development and application of new therapies targeting neuroimmune signaling and inflammation to promote brain health.