Amy F. T. Arnsten, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology; Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Departments & Organizations

Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience: Arnsten Lab | Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Office of Student Research

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience: Behavioral and Systems; Cognitive/Learning and Memory; Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience; Neural Disorders; Neuropharmacology


Dr. Arnsten was raised in Maplewood, N.J. where she attended Columbia High School. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1976, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSD in 1981. She did post-doctoral research with Dr. Susan Iversen at Cambridge University in the UK, and with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic at Yale. Dr. Arnsten's research examines the neural basis of higher cognition. Her work has revealed that the newly evolved cortical circuits that underlie higher cognition are uniquely regulated at the molecular level, conferring vulnerability in mental illness and age-related cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease. Arnsten's research has led to new treatments for cognitive disorders in humans, including the successful translation of guanfacine (IntunivTM) for the treatment of ADHD and related prefrontal cortical disorders.

Education & Training

PhD University of California, San Diego (1981)

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Contact Info

Amy F. T. Arnsten, PhD
Mailing Address
Department of NeurobiologyPO Box 208001
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8001

Arnsten Lab