Annie T. Ginty, Ph.D.
Chair of the DEI Committee Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Psychology & Neuroscience
Ph.D., Behavioral Medicine, University of Birmingham (UK), 2012
B.S., Neuroscience & Psychology, Allegheny College, 2009
Dr. Ginty completed her Ph.D. in Behavioral Medicine at University of Birmingham. She was awarded the University of Birmingham’s Ratcliffe Prize for best Ph.D. in science. Her Ph.D. work examined the behavioral and neural correlates of diminished cardiovascular responses to acute psychological stress. Dr. Ginty was then awarded a two-year AXA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to investigate the relationship between biological responses to stress and adaptation during a stressful life transition. Dr. Ginty then completed a T32 Fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at University of Pittsburgh. She has been named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science and recently received the Herbert Weiner Early Career award from the American Psychosomatic Society. Dr. Ginty serves on the Editorial Board of Psychosomatic Medicine, is a consulting editor for Biological Psychology, and is a section editor for Stress & Health. Dr. Ginty joined the Baylor Faculty in Fall 2016.
Academic Interests and Research:
How does the brain link psychological experiences, such as stress, with cognitive, biological, and behavioral changes that matter for health? This question is at the heart of Dr. Ginty’s research program, which integrates neuroimaging, psychophysiological, neuroendocrine, and epidemiological methods. Her particular focus is on the neurobiology of the peripheral nervous system and cardiovascular responses to stress and their relationship with unhealthy behaviors and future disease.
For additional information about Dr. Ginty’s research, please visit the website for the
Brindle, R.C., Pearson, A., & Ginty, A.T. (2022). Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) relate to blunted cardiovascular and cortisol reactivity to acute laboratory stress: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 134, 104530. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2022.104530
Ginty, A.T., Oosterhoff, B.J., Young, D.A., & Williams, S.E. (2022). Effects of arousal reappraisal on the anxiety responses to stress: Breaking the cycle of negative physiological arousal interpretation. British Journal of Psychology, 113, 131-152. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12528
Ginty, A.T., Young, D.A., **Tyra, A.T., **Hurley, P.E., Brindle, R.C., & Williams, S.E. (2021). Heart rate reactivity to acute psychological stress predicts higher levels of PTSD symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83, 351-357. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000848
Ginty, A.T., **Hurley, P.E., & Young, D.A. (2020). Diminished cardiovascular stress reactivity is associated with higher levels of behavioral disengagement. Biological Psychology, 155, 107933. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2020.107933
Ginty, A.T., **Kraynak, T.E., Fisher, J.P., & Gianaros, P.J. (2017). Cardiovascular and autonomic reactivity to psychological stress: Neurophysiological substrates and links to cardiovascular disease. Autonomic Neuroscience, 207, 2-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.autneu.2017.03.003
** = graduate student, * = undergraduate student
Complete list of published works at Google Scholar.
Grants Funded- Current:
2019-2024: Brain substrates for cardiovascular stress physiology. National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, K01 ($709,572). Role: Principal Investigator.
2019-2024: Endogenous opioid dysfunction, stress, and risk for smoking relapse. National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Drug Abuse, R01 (subaward amount: $174,695). Role: Co-Investigator.
2021 Herbert Weiner Early Career Award, American Psychosomatic Society
2021 Elizabeth Vardaman (“Betsy”) Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduates, Baylor University
2020 NHLBI Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award, Renewal
2020 Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Fellowship Award for Early Stage Investigators
2019 NHLBI Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award, Renewal
2018 NHLBI Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award, Renewal
2017 Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
2016 MacLean Travel Award, American Psychosomatic Society
2015 NHLBI Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award
2015 Multi-modal Neuroimaging Training Program Participant, Center for Neural Basis
of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University
2013 Young Investigator Colloquium Attendee, American Psychosomatic Society
2012 Ratcliffe Prize for best postgraduate research in science, University of Birmingham
2010 Young Scholar Award, American Psychosomatic Society
2009 Overseas Scholarship, University of Birmingham
2009 School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences Studentship, University of
2009 Alden Scholar (awarded 3 academic years), Allegheny College
2009 Year of Health Scholar for excellence in health research, Allegheny College
2005 Trustee Scholarship for academic excellence, Allegheny College
Graduate Student Recruitment:
Dr. Ginty is currently accepting applications for Ph.D. students to enroll Fall 2024.
Adam O’Riordan, Ph.D.
Current Ph.D. Student
Baylor Courses Taught
- PSY 3333 - Health Disparities
- PSY/NSC 4312 - Behavioral Medicine
- PSY 4325 - Sports and Exercise Psychology