Postgraduate Researchers

Daniel M. Stout, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health
University of California San Diego
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Dr. Stout is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH), working with Dr. Alan Simmons and Dr. Victoria Risbrough. Dr. Stout received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Program.

Dr. Stout’s general research interest is in the cognitive and affective neuroscience of anxiety and stress-related disorders. His primary aim is to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the vulnerability to, maintenance, and treatment of these debilitating disorders. Dr. Stout investigates the neurocognitive mechanisms associated with exaggerated and prolonged threat processing (e.g., attention, working memory). In addition, he is currently working with Dr. Simmons and Dr. Risbrough to examine the neural and psychophysiological substrates associated with threat-learning and defensive responding (e.g., conditioning and avoidance). Dr. Stout’s goal is to apply this work to the creation of novel interventions targeting the critical mechanisms characteristic of anxiety and stress-related disorders — enhancing the development of individualized treatments and improving therapeutic outcomes.