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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D., D.Phil., M.Phil.

Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D., D.Phil., M.Phil.

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Primary Programs/Services:
Child and Adolescent


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Psychiatry (2011), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2012)
  • Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University – Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Fellowship (Neuroscience), New York University
  • Fellowship (Transcultural Psychiatry), University of Vienna, Austria
  • M.Phil./D.Phil., John Paul II Pontifical University, Krakow, Poland
  • M.D./Ph.D. and Residency in Psychiatry, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Clinical Interest:

  • Posttraumatic Stress and Anxiety Disorders
  • Perinatal Psychiatry, Mother-Infant Relationships and Attachment Disturbances
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Family Therapy

Research Interest:

  • Early Infant Attachment
  • Philosophical and Cultural Aspects of Psychiatry
  • Trauma, Stress and Resilience
  • Emotional Learning and Memory

Academic Appointment:

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School
  • Research Assistant Professor of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, Medical School

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Debiec J, Bush DEA, LeDoux JE (2011) Noradrenergic enhancement of reconsolidation in the amygdala impairs extinction of conditioned fear in rats - a possible mechanism for the persistence of traumatic memories in PTSD, Depression and Anxiety 28 (3), 196-93.
  • Debiec J, Doyere V, Diaz-Mataix L, Bush DEA, LeDoux JE (2010) The amygdala encodes specific sensory features of an aversive reinforcer, Nature Neuroscience 13 (5), 536-537.
  • Debiec J, Doyere V, Nader K, LeDoux JE (2006) Directly reactivated, but not indirectly reactivated, memories undergo reconsolidation in the amygdala. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 103:3428-3433.
  • Debiec J, LeDoux JE, Nader K (2002) Cellular and systems reconsolidation in the hippocampus. Neuron 36:527-538.

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