Faculty Bio

Hadley Bergstrom

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Hadley Bergstrom earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from George Mason University. He went on to train as a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. He then held a postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award in the Laboratory of Behavioral and Genomic Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. He currently directs the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Lab at Vassar College, and teaches courses in psychology and neuroscience.

Bergstrom’s lab studies how memory is stored and retrieved in the brain. He is particularly interested in how memory associated with fear and reward are represented in neural circuits. His research program incorporates techniques for visualizing and manipulating memory storage and plasticity in the brain. Knowledge about how the brain stores memory is vital to understanding disorders of learning and memory, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.