Faculty

Clinical Faculty

Ismene Petrakis, MD, Training Director

  • Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program
  • PI of a NIAAA and a NIDA training grant
  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research: Alcohol neurobiology, comorbidity of alcohol dependence and psychiatric disorders, pharmacologic treatments for alcohol and drug dependence, for patients with and without comorbid psychiatric disorders and in the underlying neurobiology of craving, self-administration and vulnerability.

Ellen Edens, MD, Associate Training Director

  • Staff Psychiatrist, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research:  Addiction and comorbidity with chronic pain; Addiction and homelessness; Education of residents and fellows in addiction, including curriculum development and dissemination of best practices

Bachaar Arnaout, MD

  • Co-Director of Dual Diagnosis Program at VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

  • Staff Psychiatrist, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research: Mindfulness therapy in addictive disorders

Shannon Drew, MD

  • Director of Ambulatory Detoxification
  • Medical Director of Next Steps Rehabilitative Program, VA
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Kishorchandra Gonsai, MD

  • Director of Methadone Maintenance Program, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Jolomi Ikomi, MD

  •  Medical Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Donna LaPaglia, PhD

  • Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

David Pilkey, PhD

  • Director of Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Isabel Rathbone, MD

  • Staff Psychiatrist, Team Leader at VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Director, Buprenorphine Clinic at VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Marc Rosen, MD

  • Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Program, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research: Behavioral interventions and money management for substance use disorders

Maryellen Savage, MD

  • Medical Director, APT Foundation
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Richard S. Schottenfeld, MD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Master Davenport College
  • Research: Drug Abuse Clinical Research, Treatment, Program Development, and Training, Professor of Psychiatry, Master Davenport College

Louis Trevisan, MD

  • Associate Director of VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research: Pharmacotherapies for alcohol and opioid detoxification

Research Faculty

Samuel Ball, PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research: Psychotherapy efficacy research, with a particular interest in treatment of drug dependent patients with Axis II personality disorders

Kathleen Carroll, PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Scientific Director, Psychotherapy Research Center
  • Research: psychotherapy process and efficacy research with substance abusers. 

Joel Gelernter, MD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics, & Neurobiology and Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry), Director of the Laboratory of Psychiatric Genetics
  • Research Interest: Behavioral Genetics of Substance Abuse Disorder, including alcohol dependence

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD 

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry 
  • Research: Laboratory studies of opioid involvement in alcohol and nicotine dependence.

Robert Malison, MD

  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research: Behavioral Genetics of Substance Dependence
Steve Martino, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Psychology, VA Connecticut Healthcare System
  • Research: Behavioral interventions in substance use disorders; dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies in substance use disorders

Sherry McKee, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research: Comorbidity of nicotine and alcohol dependence in adolescents and adults.

Thomas McMahon, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Research Interest: Parenting and Behavioral Interventions for Drug Dependent Parents

Patrick O’Connor, MD

  • Professor and Section Chief Internal Medicine and General Medicine
  • Research: Evaluation of Behavioral and Pharmacologic Treatments in Primary Care Settings

Stephanie O’Malley, PhD 

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Substance Abuse
  • Research: Behavioral Pharmacology, Psychosocial Interventions with Substance Abusers

Marc Potenza MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Child Study Center
  • Research: Gambling and impulsivity in alcoholism and other addictive disorders

Robert Rosenheck, MD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Research: Health Services Delivery and Cost Effectiveness

Rajita Sinha, PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Child Study, Director, Yale Stress Center and Child Study Center
  • Research: Stress and Vulnerability to Substance Abuse and Dependence and Relapse