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Lana Ruvolo Grasser

Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Fellow in Neuroscience, Wayne State University

Lana Ruvolo Grasser (she/her/hers) is a 5th year doctoral candidate at Wayne State University. She is a member of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic as well as the Jovanovic Lab, and she is co-mentored by Drs. Arash Javanbakht and Tanja Jovanovic. Her NIMH-funded dissertation project, “Biomarkers of Risk and Resilience to Trauma in Syrian Refugee Youth”, seeks to identify possible biological indicators of trauma-related psychopathology in youth exposed to civilian war trauma and forced migration. Ms. Grasser is extending this work to query efficacy and underlying mechanisms of creative arts and movement therapies to address trauma-related psychopathology and has published initial data regarding this work in JAACAP and Arts in Psychotherapy. Outside of the lab, Lana enjoys scuba diving with her dad, traveling the world, hiking, running, biking, swimming, and practicing yoga. You can follow her professional works and personal adventures on Twitter, @ScientificRuvvy.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate / Graduate Research Fellow , Wayne State University


  • 2017 
    Michigan State University, BSc

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Biomarkers of Risk and Resilience to Trauma in Syrian Refugee Youth
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Mental Health

Professional Memberships

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • National Science Policy Network
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies


NRSA Research Fellow