Marni N. Silverman, PhD, is a Senior Scientist at the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP), a Defense Center of Excellence, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) School of Medicine, and a Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Military and Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Silverman received her PhD in Neuroscience at Emory University (Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences). She then did a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and was a recipient of the first National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Director’s Fellowship Award.
Her research interests include studying how dysregulated neuroendocrine-immune interactions contribute to the high comorbidity between chronic stress- and inflammatory-related illnesses (e.g., autoimmune, metabolic, cardiovascular, psychiatric and somatic diseases/disorders). She is also investigating the biological mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effectiveness of mind-body (integrative health) interventions in alleviating stress- and inflammation-induced symptomatology, as well as enhancing mental and physical resilience. The Green Road at Bethesda is one of these studies, in which we are investigating the healing power of nature in reducing stress and increasing health and well-being in wounded warriors and their families through a range of psycho-social, spiritual, biochemical, and physiological assessments.