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Mariann Weierich

James K. and Lois Merritt Mikawa Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology She/her/hers


Dr. Weierich is the James K. and Lois Merritt Mikawa Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology. She is a clinical/cognitive neuroscientist who utilizes a multi-method approach to clinically-relevant questions by leveraging the theoretical assumptions and methods of clinical science, cognitive science, affective neuroscience, and neuroendocrinology. Dr. Weierich is also Director of the Nevada ENDURE Program.

About the James K. and Lois Merritt Mikawa Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Clinical Psychology

The late Lois Merritt Mikawa '80 M.Ed., '87 Ed.D. established this endowed fund, through her retirement account, for the mission of enhancing ethnic and racial diversity in clinical psychology to honor her husband, 27-year Clinical Psychology Professor James K. Mikawa, Ph.D. An ethnic minority himself, James Mikawa was keenly aware of underrepresentation in clinical psychology and the importance of encouraging and supporting minority graduate and undergraduate students in the field. Established: 2006. (College of Science)

Research interests

  • Neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms underlying normative stress states and stress-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Mapping of neural and neuroendocrine stress signatures
  • The influence of stress states on a person's experience of the visual world


  • Postdoc, Affective Neuroscience, MGH/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Yale University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame


For a full list of publications, visit Dr. Weierich's Google Scholar profile.

  • Gee, D.G., DeYoung, K.A., McLaughlin, K.A., Tillman, R.M., Barch, D.M., Forbes, E.E., Krueger, R.F., Strauman, T.J., Weierich, M.R., & Shackman, A.J. (2022). Training the next generation of clinical psychological scientists: A data-driven call to action. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 18, 43-70.
  • Rieder, J.K., Kleshchova, O., & Weierich, M.R. (2022). Trauma characteristics moderate the relation between estradiol and trauma-related symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 35, 246-256.
  • Kleshchova, O., & Weierich, M.R. (2021). The Neurobiology of Stress. In Hazlett-Stevens, H. (Ed), Biopsychosocial factors in stress reactivity and mindfulness approaches to stress reduction. Springer, New York, NY.
  • Rieder, J.K., Kleshchova, O., & Weierich, M.R. (2021). Estradiol, stress reactivity, and daily affective experiences in trauma-exposed women. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 14, 738-746.
  • Rieder, J.K., Darabos, K, & Weierich, M.R. (2020). Estradiol and women’s health: Considering the role of estradiol as a marker in behavioral medicine. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 27, 294-304
  • Weierich, M.R., Kleshchova, O., Rieder, J., & Reilly, D.M. (2019). The Complex Affective Scene Set (COMPASS): Solving the social content problem in affective visual stimulus sets. Collabra: Psychology, 5(1) 53.
  • Kleshchova, O., Rieder, J.K., Grinband, J., & Weierich, M.R. (2019). Resting amygdala connectivity and basal sympathetic tone as markers of chronic hypervigilance. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 102, 68-78.
  • Rieder, J.K, Goshin, L.S., Sissoko, R., Kleshchova, O., & Weierich, M.R. (2019). Salivary biomarkers of parenting stress in mothers under community criminal justice supervision. Nursing Research, 68, 48-56.
  • Yoon, S.A., & Weierich, M.R. (2017). Persistent amygdala novelty response is associated with less anterior cingulum integrity in trauma-exposed women. Neuroimage: Clinical, 14, 250-259.