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Marisa Ross

IPR Postdoctoral Fellow

IPR Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Marisa Ross is an Everytown for Gun Safety Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos and the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network (N3) Initiative. Her current research interests include network modeling of gun violence and using quasi-experimental and mixed methods approaches to evaluate street outreach interventions for gun violence prevention.

Marisa completed her PhD in neuroscience from the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July of 2021, where she specialized in using concepts from graph theory to investigate the relationships between posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma-related changes in functional brain network topology. She also received her Master’s in Public Affairs from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs in 2019, during which she focused on issues of social policy, mental health, and economic inequality. For the completion of her dissertation work, Marisa received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute for Mental Health (2020-2021). Marisa also received an Exceptional Mentorship award from the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at UW-Madison in 2021.

Selected Publications

Ross, M. 14 June 2022. Dr. Marisa Ross: Using social network science to prevent gun violence in Chicago. Everytown Research & Policy: Safety in Numbers. 

Ross, M., M. Heilicher, and J. Cisler. 2021. Functional imaging correlates of childhood trauma: A qualitative review of past research and emerging trendsPharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior 211: 173297.

Ross, M., J. Cisler, and PGC-ENGIMA PTSD Working Group. 2021. Resolution-limit free community detection reveals unique patterns of resting-state network connectivity in posttraumatic stress disorder: A PGC-ENGIMA PTSD Consortium investigation. medRxiv 2021.06.24.21259102.

Ross, M., D. Dvorak, A. Sartin-Tarm, C. Botsford, I. Cogswell, A. Hoffstetter, O. Putnam, C. Schomaker, P. Smith, A. Stalsberg, Y. Wang, M. Xiong, and J. Cisler. 2021. Gray matter volume correlates of adolescent posttraumatic stress disorder: A comparison of manual intervention and automated segmentation in FreeSurfer. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 313: 111297.


Ross, M., A. Sartin-Tarm, A. Letkiewicz, K. Crombie, and J. Cisler. 2021. Distinct cortical thickness correlates of early life trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder are shared among adolescent and adult females with interpersonal violence exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology 46: 741–49.


Sartin-Tarm, A., M. Ross, A. Privatsky, and J. Cisler. 2020. Estradiol modulates neural and behavioral fear responding in women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 5(12): 1114–22.


Ross, M., and J. Cisler. 2020. Altered large-scale functional brain organization in posttraumatic stress disorder: A comprehensive review of univariate and network-level neurocircuitry models of PTSD. NeuroImage: Clinical 27: 102319.


Ross, M., J. Lenow, C. Kilts, and J. Cisler. 2018. Neural evidence for altered learning mechanisms in posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research 103: 83–90.