Jennifer R. Fanning, Ph.D.

Pathways to Independence Instructor

5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637
Office Phone: (773) 834-5942

Education & Training

  • University of Southern Mississippi, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), 2011
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System – West Haven, Predoctoral Internship, 2010-2011
  • National Center for PTSD / Yale School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013
  • University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-2016
  • K12 Scholar, University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine, 2016-present

Clinical Interests

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anger and Aggression
  • Empirically Supported Treatment of PTSD
  • Diagnostic Interviewing

Research Interests

  • Biopsychosocial approaches to understanding aggression and self-aggression in humans, with an emphasis on laboratory-based experimental methodology
  • Using neuroimaging to identify neural dysfunction underlying pathological aggression
  • Assess how trauma impacts aggressive behavior through PTSD symptoms and effects on brain function
  • Understand the relationship between PTSD and impulsive behavior
  • Understand the acute effects of alcohol on aggression and self-aggression


  • Guest Lecturer, Introduction to CBT Seminar: Cognitive, Relaxation, and Coping Skills Training (CRCST) for Anger and Aggression

Selected Publications

Fanning, J. R., Lee, R., & Coccaro, E. F. (In press). Comorbid intermittent explosive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder: Clinical correlates and relationship to suicidal behavior. Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Coccaro, E. F., Fanning, J. R., Keedy, S., & Lee, R. (In press). Social cognition in intermittent explosive disorder and aggression. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Lee, R., Arfanakis, K., Evia, A., Fanning, J. R., Keedy, S., & Coccaro, E. F. (In press). White matter integrity reductions in intermittent explosive disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology.

Fanning, J. R., Lee, R., Gozal., D., Coussons-Read, M., & Coccaro, E. F. (2015). Childhood trauma and parental style: Relationship with markers of inflammation, oxidative stress, and aggression in healthy and personality disordered subjects. Biological Psychology, 11, 56-65.

Coccaro, E. F., Fanning, J. R., Phan, K. L., & Lee, R. (2015). Serotonin and impulsive aggression. CNS Spectrums, 20, 295-302.

Guillot, C. R., Fanning, J. R., Liang, T., Leventhal, A. M., & Berman, M. E. (2015). An α​-synuclein gene (SNCA) polymorphism moderates the association of PTSD symptomatology with hazardous alcohol use, but not with aggression-related measures. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 30, 41-47.

Fanning, J. R., Meyerhoff, J. J., Lee, R., & Coccaro, E. F. (2014). History of childhood maltreatment in intermittent explosive disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 56, 10-17.

Fanning, J. R., Berman, M. E., & Long, J. L. (2014). P3 and provoked aggressive behavior. Social Neuroscience, 9, 118-129.

Guillot, C. R., Fanning, J. R., Liang, T., & Berman, M. E. (2014). Evidence of a role for SNCA in impulse control in humans. Neurogenetics, 15, 77.

Fanning, J. R., Guillot, C. R., McCloskey, M. E., Marsic, A., & Berman, M. E. (2014). Serotonin (5-HT) augmentation reduces provoked aggression associated with primary psychopathy traits. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28, 449-461.

Fanning, J. R. & Pietrzak, R. H. (2013). Suicidality among older male veterans in the United States: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47, 1766-1775.

Fanning, J. R., Berman, M. E., & Guillot, C. R. (2012). Social anhedonia and aggressive behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 868-873.

Fanning, J. R., Berman, M. E., Mohn, R. S., & McCloskey, M. S. (2011). Perceived threat mediates the relationship between psychosis proneness and aggressive behavior. Psychiatry Research, 186, 210-218.

Berman, M. E., McCloskey, M. S., Fanning, J. R., Schumacher, J. A., & Coccaro, E. F. (2009). Serotonin (5- HT) augmentation reduces response to attack in aggressive individuals. Psychological Science, 20, 714-720.

Berman, M. E., Bradley, T. P., Fanning, J. R., & McCloskey, M. S. (2009). Self-focused attention reduces self-injurious behavior in alcohol-intoxicated men. Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 1280-1297.