Annie T. Ginty, Ph.D.

Annie T. Ginty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
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Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Baylor Behavioral Medicine Lab


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 PhD 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. 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 peripheral nervous system and cardiovascular responses to stress and their relationship with unhealthy behaviors and future disease.

Representative publications:

Ginty, A.T., Young, D.A., Tyra, A.T.**, Hurley, P.E.**, Brindle, R.C., & Williams, S.E. (in press). Heart rate reactivity to acute psychological stress predicts higher levels of PTSD symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Jennings, J.R., Muldoon, M.F., Allen, B., Ginty, A.T., & Gianaros, P.J. (in press). Cerebrovascular function in hypertension: Does high blood pressure make you old? Psychophysiology.

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

John-Henderson, N.A., *Gruman, H.E., **Counts, C., & Ginty, A.T. (2020). American Indian adults display diminished cardiovascular and cortisol responses to acute psychological stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 114, 104583. DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2020.104583

Ginty, A.T., **Kraynak, T.E., Kuan, D.C., & Gianaros, P.J. (2019). Ventromedial prefrontal cortex connectivity during and after psychological stress in women. Psychophysiology, 56, e13445. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.13445

**Trotman, G.P., Gianaros, P.J., Veldhuijzen van Zanten, J.J.C.S., Williams, S.E., & Ginty, A.T. (2019). Increased stressor-evoked cardiovascular reactivity is associated with reduced amygdala and hippocampus volume. Psychophysiology, 56, e13277. DOI: 10.1111/psyp.13277

John-Henderson, N.A., Williams, S.E., Brindle, R.C., & Ginty, A.T. (2018). Changes in sleep quality and levels of psychological distress during the adaptation to university: The role of childhood adversity. British Journal of Psychology, 109, 694-707. DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12314

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

Ginty, A.T., Muldoon, M.F., Kuan, D.C.H., **Schirda, B., Kamarck, T.W., Jennings, J.R., Manuck, S.B., & Gianaros, P.J. (2017). Omega-3 supplementation and the neural correlates of negative affect and impulsivity: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in midlife adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79, 549-556. DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000453

Brindle, R.C., Whittaker, A.C., Bibbey, A., Carroll, D., & Ginty, A.T. (2017). Exploring the possible mechanisms of blunted cardiac reactivity to acute psychological stress. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 113, 1-7.

Carroll, D., Ginty, A.T., Whittaker, A.C., Lovallo, W.R., de Rooij, S.R. (2017). The behavioural, cognitive, and neural corollaries of blunted cardiovascular and cortisol reactions to acute psychological stress. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 77, 74-86.

Williams, S.E., Veldhuijzen van Zanten, J.J.C.S., Trotman, G.P., Quinton, M.L., & Ginty, A.T.(2017). Challenge and threat imagery manipulates heart rate and anxiety responses to stress. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 117, 111-118.

Ginty, A.T., Williams, S.E., Jones, A., Roseboom, T.J., Phillips, A.C., Painter, R.C., Carroll, D., & de Rooij, S.R. (2016). Diminished heart rate reactivity to acute psychological stress is associated with enhanced carotid intima-media thickness through adverse health behaviors. Psychophysiology, 53, 769-775.

Williams, S.E., Carroll, D., Van Zanten, J.J.C.S., & Ginty, A.T. (2016). Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with general anxiety and perceptions of anxiety in response to acute psychological stress. Journal of Affective Disorders, 193, 151-156.

Ginty, A.T., Brindle, R.C., & Carroll, D. (2015). Cardiac stress reactions and perseverance: Diminished reactivity is associated with study non-completion. Biological Psychology, 109, 200-205.

Ginty, A.T., Jones, A., Carroll, D., Roseboom, T.J., Phillips, A.C., Painter, R., & de Rooij, S.R. (2014). Neuroendocrine and cardiovascular reactions to acute psychological stress are attenuated in smokers. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 48, 87-97.

Brindle, R.C., Ginty, A.T., Phillips, A.C., & Carroll, D. (2014). A tale of two mechanisms: A meta-analytic approach toward understanding the autonomic basis of cardiovascular reactivity to acute psychological stress. Psychophysiology, 51, 964-976.

Ginty, A.T. (2013). Blunted responses to stress and reward: A model of biological disengagement. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 90, 90-94.

Ginty, A.T., Gianaros, P.J., Derbyshire, S.W.G., Phillips, A.C., & Carroll, D. (2013). Blunted cardiac stress reactivity relates to neural hypoactivation. Psychophysiology, 50, 219-229.

Ginty, A.T., Carroll, D., Roseboom, T.J., Phillips, A.C., & de Rooij, S.R. (2013). Depression and anxiety are associated with a diagnosis of hypertension five years later in a cohort of late middle aged men and women. Journal of Human Hypertension, 27, 187-190.

Ginty, A.T., Phillips, A.C., Higgs, S., Heaney, J.L.J., & Carroll, D. (2012). Disordered eating behavior is associated with blunted cortisol and cardiovascular reactions to acute psychological stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37, 715-724.

Ginty, A.T., Phillips, A.C., Der, G., Deary, I., & Carroll D. (2011). Heart rate reactivity is associated with future cognitive ability and cognitive change in a large community sample. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82, 167-174.

* = undergraduate student, ** = graduate student

Complete list of published works at Google Scholar.

Book Chapters:

Ginty, A.T., Ryan, J.P., Gianaros, P.J. (in press). Neuroimaging and the study of stress reactivity. In S.R. Waldstein, E. Suarez, & W.R. Lovallo (Eds.) Handbook of Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine.

Carroll, D., Ginty, A.T., & Phillips, A.C. (2016). The behavioral, cognitive, and neural correlates of deficient biological reactions to Acute Psychological stress. In G. Fink (Ed.) Stress: Concepts, Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior.

Grants Funded- Current:

1K01 HL145021, 08/19 - 07/2024
NHLBI, Role: Principal Investigator
Brain substrates for cardiovascular stress physiology

AXA Scientific Outreach Grant, 08/18- 11/19
AXA Research Fund, Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Understanding individual variations in stress responses.

Graduate Student Recruitment:

Dr. Ginty is currently accepting applications for Ph.D. students to enroll Fall 2022.

Current Ph.D. Students:

Alexandra Tyra, Northern Arizona University

Courses taught at Baylor:

  • PSY 3333 - Health Disparities
  • PSY/NSC 4312 - Behavioral Medicine
  • PSY 4325 - Sports and Exercise Psychology