Rebecca Cox, Ph.D.


Biographical Sketch:

As an undergraduate research assistant to Drs. Jennifer Peszka and Jennifer Penner at Hendrix College, Rebecca studied the effects of sleep deprivation on mating decisions. She also conducted an independent study under Dr. Tim Maxwell to examine the associations between stimulant abuse and depression, anxiety, and personality facets. Rebecca spent a year as a post-baccalaureate research assistant in the EARL lab and coordinated a study looking at the effects of genetics and fear learning on PTSD symptoms in trauma-exposed veterans. She attended Vanderbilt University from 2014 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2021. She completed her psychology internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Colorado Boulder.


Rebecca is interested in studying the role of sleep disturbance and dysregulated circadian processes in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Education and Training:

2009-2013 Bachelor of Arts, Hendrix College, cum laude with distinction in Psychology

2014-2021 Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University