Neuroscience Ph.D. student at UT Austin, joint member of the Dunsmoor and Lewis-Peacock labs. I am currently supported by an NRSA F31 fellowship from the NIMH.

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Research Statement

The broad goal of my Ph.D. is to leverage insights from episodic memory research to better understand emotional associative learning. My work focuses on fear extinction as an experimental model of exposure therapy. Decades of research and clinical accounts demonstrate that fear often returns after safety learning, and in extreme cases this can manifest as clinical disorders such as PTSD. My research applies modern cognitive neuroscience techniques such as multivariate pattern analysis and machine learning to better understand fear extinction in both healthy and clinical populations.


  1. Hennings, A. C., McClay, M., Drew, M. R., Lewis-Peacock, J. A., & Dunsmoor, J. E. (2022). Neural reinstatement reveals divided organization of fear and extinction memories in the human brain. Current Biology.

  2. Hennings, A. C., Lewis-Peacock, J. A., & Dunsmoor, J. E. (2021). Emotional learning retroactively enhances item memory but distorts source attribution. Learning & Memory.

  3. Hennings, A. C., Bibb, S. A., Lewis-Peacock, J. A., Dunsmoor, J. E. (2021). The effect of top-down thought suppression on fear extinction generalization. Behavioural Brain Research.

  4. McClay, M, Hennings, A. C., Reidel, A, & Dunsmoor, J. E. (2020). The features that shape fear: How emotional intensity and threat relevance interact to guide fear learning. Neuropsychologia.

  5. Hennings, A. C., McClay, M., Lewis-Peacock, J. A., & Dunsmoor, J. E. (2020). Contextual reinstatement promotes extinction generalization in healthy adults but not PTSD. Neuropsychologia.

  6. Keller, N. E., Hennings, A. C., & Dunsmoor, J. E. (2020). Behavioral and neural processes in counterconditioning: past and future directions. Behaviour Research and Therapy.