Allison Brager, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief Science Officer, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

Dr. (MAJ) Allison Brager is an active duty Army neuroscientist. She is the recipient of two NIH National Research Service Awards and a National Academies of Sciences fellowship in order to examine the mechanisms of developing physiological resiliency to extreme stress in extreme environments. Her works spans from clinical trials on novel drug and technology development for military operations to studying physiology & behavior in some of the most austere places in the world to include Antarctica. She is the recipient of three Presidential medals to include a Joint Commendation Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals for her research & development efforts in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the COVID-19 pandemic (Operation Gotham). In 2020, Dr. Brager underwent astronaut assessment & selection at NASA and made it to the second final round in 2021. As a former professional athlete, herself, Dr. Brager has leveraged her experience to help develop the first mental health handbook for the NCAA. She sits on several fatigue-related working groups for NATO, US Special Operations, and the federal government. In addition to more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in flagship journals, she is author of Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain. She has a Sc.B from Brown University and earned her Ph.D from the Department of Biological Sciences working under Dr. J. David Glass.