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Jennifer Coughlin, M.D.

Jennifer Marie Coughlin, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Adult Psychiatry, Inflammation, Mood Disorders, Neuroimaging, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests

Concussion Research; PET Imaging Research

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Jennifer Coughlin has been a member of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty since July 2012. She is an attending physician on the Young Adult Affective Disorders Inpatient Service and directs the Young Adult Affective Disorders Consultation Clinic.

Dr. Coughlin’s research focuses on molecular neuroimaging techniques, with core competency in positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. She leads an interdepartmental initiative to apply new PET-based radiotracers to the study of neuroimmunity and other molecular factors that contribute to diseases affecting mood and cognition.

Dr. Coughlin has received several clinical research awards including a 2013 National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award, 2016 Johns Hopkins University Innovation Award, 2017 Johns Hopkins Doris Duke Early Investigator Award, and 2018 Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, The Johns Hopkins University and The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation.  

She received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. more


  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine (2006)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Psychiatry (2010)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Psychiatry (2012)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology / Psychiatry (2011)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Coughlin JM*, Wang Y*, Munro CA, Ma S, Yue C, Chen S, Airan R, Kim PK, Adams AV, Garcia C, Higgs C, Sair HI, Sawa A, Smith G, Lyketsos CG, Caffo B, Kassiou M, Guilarte TR, Pomper, MG. Neuroinflammation and Brain Atrophy in Former NFL Players: An in vivo Multimodal Imaging Study. Neurobiol of Dis. 2014 Nov 7. 74:58-65

Coughlin JM, Wang Y, Ambinder E, Ward R, Minn I, Vranesic M, Kim PK, Ford C, Higgs C, Hayes L, Schretlen D, Dannals RF, Kassiou M, Sawa A, Pomper MG. In vivo markers of inflammatory response in recent onset schizophrenia: A combined study using [11C]DPA-713 PET and analysis of CSF and plasma. Translational Psychiatry, 2016; Apr 12.

Coughlin, JM*, Wang,Y*, Minn I, Bienko N, Ambinder EB, Xu X, Peters ME, Dougherty JW, Vranesic M, Koo SM, Ahn H, Lee M, Cottrell C, Sair HI, Sawa A, Munro CA, Nowinski CJ, Dannals RF, Lyketsos CG, Kassiou M, Smith G, Caffo B, Mori S, Guilarte TR, Pomper MG. Imaging of glial cell activation and white matter integrity in brains of active and recently retired National Football League players. JAMA Neurol, 2017. 74(1): p. 67-74.

Notter T*, Coughlin JM*, Gschwind T, Weber-Stadlbauer U, Wang Y, Kassiou M, Vernon AC, Benke D, Pomper MG, Sawa A; Meyer, U. Translational evaluation of translocator protein as a marker of neuroinflammation in schizophrenia. Mol Psychiatry, published online ahead of print Jan 17, 2017.

Coughlin JM*; Du Y*, Rosenthal HB, Slania S; Koo SM, Park A, Solomon G, Vranesic M, Antonsdottir I, Speck CL, Rootes-Murdy K, Lerner A, Rowe SP, , Wang Y, Lesniak WG, Minn I, Bakker A, Smith G, Dannals RF, Kuwabara H, Horti A, Wong DF, Pomper MG. The Distribution of the Alpha7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor in Healthy Aging: An In Vivo Positron Emission Tomography Study with [18F]ASEM. NeuroImage, 2018. 165: 118-124.

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Lectures and Presentations

  • Probing Mechanisms of Schizophrenia Through Imaging

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