Chadi Abdallah, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Director of Research, Director of Clinical Trials, and Director of Neuroimaging, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD

Departments & Organizations


Office of Student Research

Psychiatry: VA National Center for PTSD


Dr. Chadi G. Abdallah has expertise in translational clinical neuroscience, multimodal magnetic resonance neuroimaging, and the use of glutamatergic drugs in treating trauma- and stress-related psychiatric disorders. He employs broad range of neuroimaging modalities to study the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders and the mechanisms underlying the behavioral effect of glutamate-based agents. His research program focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying trauma, depression, and prolonged stress, with emphasis on the glutamatergic system and neuroenergetics. He has particular interest in glial cells given their critical role in glutamate neurotransmission, synaptic plasticity, and neuroenergetics. His program is currently investigating two glutamate-based drugs: ketamine and riluzole.

Education & Training

MD Lebanese University (2006)
Research Trainee Cornell University
Neuroimaging Fellow Yale University
McNeil Psychopharmacology Fellow Yale University
Chief Resident SUNY Downstate
Resident SUNY Downstate

Honors & Recognition

  • Klerman Award, Honorable MentionBrain & Behavior Research Foundation (2015)

  • Patterson Trust Award in Clinical ResearchRobert Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust (2015)

  • NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain & Behavior Research Foundation (2014)

  • Young Investigator Travel AwardMolecular Psychiatry (2013)

  • Early Academic Career Award on Schizophrenia ResearchAmerican Psychiatric Foundation (2013)

  • NIDA/SFN Early Career Investigator Travel AwardNational Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (2012)

  • Julius Axelrod Travel AwardNational Institute of Mental Health (2012)

  • NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain & Behavior Research Foundation (2012)

  • McNeil Fellowship in PsychopharmacologyYale University (2012)

  • The Seymour L. Lustman Award for Psychiatric ResearchYale University (2012)

  • APA/Lilly Resident Research AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association (2012)

  • APA Research Colloquium for Junior InvestigatorsAmerican Psychiatric Association (2012)

  • ISCTM New Investigator AwardInternational Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM) (2012)

  • McNeil Fellowship in PsychopharmacologyYale University (2011)

  • NCDEU New Investigator AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) (2011)

  • Distinguished Scholastic Performance in Research by a ResidentSUNY Downstate Medical Center (2010)

  • Psychiatry Resident Travel AwardAnnual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference (2009)

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