Laura Grafe (B.S. University of Maryland, 2008; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2014; Postdoctoral Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2018) is a behavioral neuroscientist. Her research program focuses on how stress affects the brain. Specifically, she uses a rodent model to study the neurobiological response to stress, and how this may lead to behavioral phenotypes relevant to mental health such as cognitive impairment, sleep deficits, and changes in appetite. Dr. Grafe is particularly interested in sex differences in the response to stress. She uses a range of techniques to uncover the behavioral, endocrine, and molecular mechanisms involved in stress vulnerability.