Winter 2018

Getting to Know Your New APS Newsletter Editor...Annie T. Ginty, PhD

Dr. Annie Ginty is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University. She completed her Ph.D. in Behavioral Medicine at University of Birmingham (UK). She was then awarded a two-year AXA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to continue her work examining diminished cardiovascular responses to stress at University of Birmingham. Following this, she completed at T32 Fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Annie joined the Baylor Faculty in Fall 2016.

APS: Thank you for your willingness to lead the charge as our new APS newsletter editor! Before we launch into short discussion on your goals for the newsletter, perhaps you could tell us a bit about the work you are conducting at Baylor University?

AG: Thank you for the opportunity! My research aims to understand how the brain links psychological experiences, such as stress, with cognitive, biological and behavioral changes that matter for health. My particular focus is on the neurobiology of peripheral nervous system and cardiovascular responses to stress and their relationship with unhealthy behaviors and future disease. Research in my lab involves a combination of psychophysiological, neuroimaging, neuroendocrine, and epidemiological methods.

 APS: Well, you sound like just the right person to head up the newsletter.  Are there any changes you are thinking about making or areas for that will receive greater emphasis?

AG: As a wise man once said (you in the Fall 2014 issue) “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” I have always been a big fan of the newsletter and have found it to be informative, interesting, and entertaining throughout your tenure. I enjoyed how you expanded the “Getting to Know You...” section to encompass APS members from around the world. I plan to continue to expand the “Getting to Know You…” section of the newsletter to include more interviews with early-career researchers. My hope is this will provide a platform for new connections and collaborations among members of different career stages.

APS: When you think about APS, where do you want to see it in 5 years and how will the newsletter help it get there?

AG: I hope to see APS continuing to flourish as a society in the next 5 years and continue to have members who use cutting-edge interdisciplinary research designs to answer some of the most important questions related to health and well-being.  I hope the newsletter will provide a platform for members to connect and learn about special initiatives from the society.

APS: What else do you think our readers should know about you?

AG: I consider surviving my first full summer living in Central Texas to be one of my biggest life accomplishments. This northeast Ohio native found herself saying “that wasn’t too bad” after a run in 100+ degrees.

APS: Just a word of advice.  You’ll be working regularly with Sarah Shiffert (SS), and while she is responsible for much of what works right with APS and the newsletter, she can be a tough reviewer and a stickler for deadlines. Do you think you can handle her?

AG: Sarah is one of the very first people I remember interacting with at APS and because of that she will always be one of the first people I think of when I think of APS. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Sarah on the Program Committee and look forward to working with her in this capacity. I am always thankful for Sarah and her deadlines – no one keeps all of us in check quite like Sarah!

SS: That’s enough Aric, just leave already.

APS: Best of luck, Prather out.