Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Ciara McAfee

B.A., Goucher College

Ciara McAfee



Neuroendocriniology, Performance Anxiety, Personalized Medicine, Epigenetics, Sleep & Performance, Mindfulness


Ciara obtained her BA in Honors Psychology at Goucher College, graduating Suma Cum Laude while completing an Honors Thesis at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). Prior to choosing a career path in Clinical Psychology, she was studying to become a professional classical violinist. During this time, she observed the high prevalence of performance anxiety that plagued even the top solo and orchestral musicians, leading her to current passion. While in undergrad she also assisted in sleep and performance consultations with athletes, musicians, and executives. After graduating, she worked as a Clinical Assistant on the NeuroBehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She then served for two years as a Project Coordinator for several of Dr. Tamar Mendelson’s NIH funded research projects at JHSPH. These projects focused on working with vulnerable populations in inner city Baltimore Maryland to address chronic stress and anxiety and depressive disorders through third generation Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques.

Ciara joined the Clinical Neuroendocrinology Laboratory in 2017, where she intends to explore the effect of the application of intranasal testosterone on performance anxiety in professional musicians and athletes and the role psychopathology may play in its effectiveness. Additionally, she is interested in the possible involvement of mast cell activation and post-concussion syndrome and Alzheimer’s, as well as if testosterone can be used to decrease mast-cell responses.

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