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Joseph LeDoux, PhD

Joseph LeDoux, PhD

Emeritus Member, Scientific Research Council
Child Mind Institute
Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology
NYU Center for Neural Science
Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone School of Medicine
Founder & Director, The Emotional Brain Institute
New York University and Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

Joseph LeDoux, PhD, is one of the nation’s leading neuroscientists. His groundbreaking research has deepened our understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying emotion and memory, opening the door to new treatments, specifically behavioral therapies, for children and adults with anxiety disorders. Dr. LeDoux is founding director of the Emotional Brain Institute and a faculty member in NYU’s Center for Neural Science. He is the author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and The Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are, in addition to numerous scholarly articles. His many honors include the Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award and the William James Award from the Association for Psychological Science. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


  • SUNY Stony Brook, PhD in Psychobiology, 1977
  • Louisiana State University, MS in Marketing, 1974
  • Louisiana State University, BS in Marketing, 1971