Robert H. Pietrzak PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory, Clinical Neurosciences Division, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student ResearchPsychiatry: VA-Yale Clinical Neurosciences PTSD Research Program; Psychology Section

Research Interests

Epidemiology of trauma-related disorders; Dimensional models of psychopathology; Translational psychiatric epidemiology; Resilience; Stress and cognition; Geriatric mental health more...


  • B.A., Clark University, 2001
  • M.P.H., University of Connecticut, 2003
  • Ph.D. Clin, University of Connecticut, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Pietrzak, R. H., Naganawa, M., Huang, Y., Corsi-Travali, S., Zheng, M., Stein, M. B., Henry, S., Lim, K., Ropchan, J., Lin, S., Carson, R. E., & Neumeister, A. (2014). Association of in vivo K-opioid receptor availability and the transdiagnostic dimensional expression of trauma-related psychopathology. JAMA Psychiatry, 71, 1262-1270.
  • Pietrzak, R. H., Huang, Y., Corsi-Travali, S., Zheng, M., Lin, S., Henry, S., Potenza, M. N., Piomelli, D., Carson, R. E., & Neumeister, A. (2014). Cannabinoid type 1 receptor availability in the amygdala mediates threat processing in trauma survivors. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 2519-2528.
  • Pietrzak, R. H., Lim, Y. Y., Neumeister, A., Ames, D., Ellis, K. A., Harrington, K., Lautenschlager, N. T., Restrepo, C., Martins, R. N., Masters, C. L., Villemagne, V. L., Rowe, C. C., & Maruff, P. for the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) Research Group (2015). Amyloid-ß, anxiety, and cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease: A multicenter, prospective cohort study. JAMA Psychiatry, 72, 284-291.



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