NRTP Faculty

NRTP residents can work with any faculty members at Yale University who conduct research relevant to any aspect of psychiatry. Below is a list of some of the core NRTP faculty doing research within the Psychiatry Department.

Abdallah, Chadi

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Director of Research, and Director of MR Spectroscopy, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD

Research Interests: Mood Disorders; PTSD; Stress; Pathophysiology; Neuropharmacology; Neuroimaging; Drug Development; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; 13C-MRS; 1H-MRS; Structural MRI

Clinical Interests: Treatment resistant depression; PTSD;

Addy, Nii Antie

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Research Interests: Neurobiology of addiction; In vivo electrochemistry; Behavioral pharmacology; Systems neuroscience; Neurotransmission; Signal transduction

Aghajanian, George Kevork

Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Research Interests: Neurotransmission; antipsychotics; antidepressants; hallucinogens; opiates

Alreja, Meenakshi

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology
Director, Minority Recruitment, Psychiatry Department
Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, Psychiatry Department

Research Interests: Prefrontal cortex; Interneurons; Nicotine; Acetylcholine; Electrophysiology; GABA; glutamate; Hypocretin; MCH; Learning and Memory; Neurotransmitters; Signal Transduction; GnRH; Puberty; Fertility; HPG axis; Kisspeptin

Angarita-Africano, Gustavo Adolfo

Instructor in Psychiatry
Assistant Inpatient Chief of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)

Research Interests: Medications' Development for Cocaine and Stimulants' Use Disorders based on glutamatergic pathways; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Remote Wireless Sensor Network Technologies for detection of cocaine use; Sleep and Cocaine

Clinical Interests: Cocaine Use Disorders; Prescription Stimulants; Sleep and Cocaine; Depression; Emergency Psychiatry; Alcohol Use Disorders

Anticevic, Alan

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology
Administrative Director, NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism

Research Interests: Schizophrenia; Psychotic disorders; Working memory; Emotion regulation; Substance abuse; Functional neuroimaging methods; Functional connectivity

Clinical Interests: schizophrenia, neuropsychological assessment

Behar, Kevin L.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, MRRC Neurometabolism Research Laboratory

Research Interests: NMR; 1H NMR; 13C NMR; In vivo brain metabolism; Glutamate; Gamma-aminobutyrate; Glutamine; Neuron-glial trafficking

Bloch, Michael Howard

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center

Research Interests: Tourette syndrome; Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Trichotillomania

Clinical Interests: Tourette's Syndrome; obsessive compulsive disorders, trichotillomania

Blumberg, Hilary

Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Diagnostic Radiology
Director, Mood Disorders Research Program

Research Interests: Adolescence; Bipolar Disorder; Brain; Depression; Development; Diffusion Tensor Imaging; Emotion; Endophenotype; Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Mania; Manic Depressive Disorder; Neuropsychiatry; Neuroscience; Women

Clinical Interests: Bipolar disorder, depression, adults, adolescents

Carroll, Kathleen M.

Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Psychosocial Research, Division of Addictions
Principal Investigator, Psychotherapy Development Center for Drug Abuse

Research Interests: Addiction and treatment; Evidence-based treatments; Treatment development; Computer-assisted therapies; Research-practice partnerships; Clinician training; Psychotherapy-pharmacotherapy combinations; Neurocognitive effects of behavioral therapies

Carson, Richard E

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and of Biomedical Engineering
Director, Yale PET Center
Director of Graduate Studies, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Positron emission tomography (PET) modeling and physics; Tracer kinetic modeling methods and parametric imaging techniques for PET tracers; Application of receptors ligands to assess neurotransmitter dynamic; 3D and 4D PET image reconstruction; Medical imaging

Corlett, Philip R

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Residential College Associate Fellow in Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Schizophrenia; Delusions; Prediction error; Associative learning; fMRI

Cosgrove, Kelly P

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, of Diagnostic Radiology and of Neurobiology

Research Interests: Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography; Positron Emission Tomography; Neuroimaging; Alcohol Dependence; Tobacco Smoking; Nicotine Dependence; Brain; nicotinic acetylcholine receptor; GABAA-benzodiazepine receptor; Sex differences

DiLeone, Ralph Joseph

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

Research Interests: Addictions; Animal Behavior; Ethology; Animal Nutrition; Diseases and Disorders; Drug Abuse; Eating Disorders; Etiology; Evolution; Genetic Manipulation; Natural History; Obesity; Psychiatry

D'Souza, Deepak Cyril

Professor of Psychiatry
Director Schizophrenia Research Program VACHS
Director, Neurobiological Studies Unit, VACHS
Director, VA-CMHC Schizophrenia Research Clinic

Research Interests: Schizophrenia; Psychosis; Cognition; Psychopharmacology; Treatment; Glutamate; Cannabinoids; Substance Abuse

Clinical Interests: Schizophrenia Psychotic Disorders Treatment Substance and Alcohol Abuse Dual Diagnosis Cannabinoids

Duman, Ronald Stanton

Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology
Director, Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities

Research Interests: Depression; Antidepressants; Stress; Molecular biology; Neuropharmacology Signal transduction pathways; Gene expression; Identifying the molecular and cellular adaptations that underlie the actions of psychotropic drugs and stress

Esterlis, Irina

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Diagnostic Radiology
Director, Molecular Imaging Program, NCPTSD, VA

Research Interests: Neuroreceptor imaging; Mood disorders; Tobacco addiction

Clinical Interests: Uni- and bi-polar depression; tobacco smoking; cognitive impairment

Fox, Helen

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests: Cocaine dependence; Alcohol dependence; Designer drugs; Novel psychoactive substances; Stress and immune system adaptations; Sex differences; Cognition and addiction; Emotion regulation; Pharmacotherapy development

Gelernter, Joel

Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neurobiology
Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry)

Research Interests: Complex trait genetics; Psychiatric genetics; Population genetics; Substance dependence; Gene mapping

Glahn, David C.

Professor of Psychiatry

Gueorguieva, Ralitza

Senior Research Scientist in Public Health (Biostatistics)
Director of Biostatistics in Psychiatry (Psychiatry)

Research Interests: Longitudinal Data, Mixed Effects Models, Joint Modelling

Hermes, Gretchen

Instructor in Psychiatry

Research Interests: stress; development; social enrichment and neglect; synaptic plasticity, metabolism; mitochondria; schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, anxiety

Clinical Interests: Schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, trauma, aging, infectious disease (HIV/AIDS), chronic disease, stress

Hoffman, Ralph Edward

Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor of Nursing
Medical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital

Research Interests: Schizophrenia; Psychosis; Hallucinations; Delusions, Paranoia, Language; Pathophysiology; Neural network computer modeling; Transcranial magnetic stimulation; fMRI

Clinical Interests: Schizophrenia; bipolar disorder; hallucinations; delusions; paranoia

Kober, Hedy

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology
Director, Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab

Research Interests: Regulation of craving; Emotion regulation; Cognition-emotion interaction; Neural mechanisms of change; Mindfulness; Meditation; fMRI methods

Krishnan-Sarin, Suchitra

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Vice-Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV

Research Interests: Substance use; Alcohol; Tobacco; Marijuana; Adolescent; Developmental; Prevention; Cessation; Biobehavioral

Krystal, John H.

Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Director: NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism
Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD
Director, VA Alcohol Research Center
Medical Director, Schizophrenia Biological Research Center, DVA

Research Interests: Neurobiology; Pharmacotherapy; Genetics; Neuroimaging; Schizophrenia; Alcoholism; PTSD

Kwan, Alex

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

Research Interests: Neural circuits; Inhibitory neurons; Executive functions; Working memory; Decision-making; Action selection; Two-photon microscopy; Optogenetics; Mouse behavior; Electrophysiology

Leckman, James Frederick

Neison Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Pediatrics and of Psychiatry

Research Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry; Tourette's syndrome; Obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD)

Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry; Tourette's syndrome; Obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD)

Li, Chiang-Shan Ray

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

Research Interests: Systems neuroscience; Psychophysics; Neural imaging; Cognitive control; Addiction; Psychostimulant; Alcohol; Anxiety disorders

Malison, Robert

Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU)
Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program
Chief, Cocaine Research Clinic

Research Interests: Neurobiology and genetics of substance dependence disorders; Psychostimulant (cocaine and methamphetamine) dependence; Drug abuse; Sleep and cognition; Impulsivity and stimulants

Mason, Graeme F

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and of Psychiatry
Director Metabolic Modeling and Director Psychiatric MRS
Director, Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program
Chair, Magnetic Resonance Research Center Protocol Review Committee

Research Interests: Alcoholic intoxication; Alcoholism; Alcohol metabolism; Amino acids; Carbohydrates; CNS diseases; Fatty acids; Molecular mechanisms of pharmacological Action; Mood disorders

Mazure, Carolyn M.

Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women's Health Research and Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Director, Women's Health Research at Yale

Research Interests: Depression; Addictive behaviors; Women's health research; Gender specific aspects of health and disease and the interplay of stress

Clinical Interests: Adult disorders; depression; smoking cessation

McKee, Sherry

Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory
Clinical Director, FORDD Addiction Clinic

Research Interests: Behavioral pharmacology; Gender differences; Medication development; Medication screening; Alcohol; Tobacco;

Clinical Interests: Evidence based; outpatient; addiction treatment; forensic populations

Morgan, Peter Thomas

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Director, Cocaine Research Clinic
Medical Director, Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic
President, Medical and Professional Staff of Connecticut Mental Health Center

Research Interests: Sleep; Cocaine; Learning; Dreaming; Lucid dreams; Consciousness

Clinical Interests: General Psychiatric Consultations; Substance Abuse Treatment; Forensic Evaluations

Morris, Evan Daniel

Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, of Biomedical Engineering and of Psychiatry
Co-director for Imaging, Yale PET Center

Research Interests: Kinetic modeling; Parameter estimation; Parametric imaging; Dopamine; Reward; Drug occupancy; Drug abuse; Alcoholism; Parkinson's disease

Nairn, Angus Clark

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests: Dopaminergic signal transduction; Structure and function of protein kinases and phosphatases

O'Malley, Stephanie Samples

Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Substance Abuse Research in Psychiatry
Deputy Chair, Clinical Research

Research Interests: Medications development for alcoholism and smoking; Risk reduction and young adult drinking; tobacco regulatory science; treatment methodology; patient treatment matching; biomarkers of treatment response

Pearlson, Godfrey D

Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology

Pelphrey, Kevin

Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology
Director of the Child Neuroscience Laboratory

Research Interests: Brain mechanisms; Child development; Neurodevelopmental disorders

Petrakis, Ismene Leonida

Professor of Psychiatry
Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Research Interests: Alcohol; Alcoholism; Dual diagnosis; Psychiatric comorbidity; Addiction; Neurobiology; Psychopharmacology; Familial vulnerability

Clinical Interests: Alcohol; Alcoholism

Picciotto, Marina

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology
Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Dept. of Psychiatry

Research Interests: Neuroscience; Molecular basis of behavior; Intracellular signaling; Mouse genetic models

Pittenger, Christopher

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center and Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic
Associate Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program

Research Interests: Learning and memory; Habit; CREB; Adeno-associated virus; Behavioral neurobiology; Magnetic resonance spectroscopy; Glutamate; Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Tourette syndrome

Clinical Interests: Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Tourette syndrome; anxiety disorders; trichotillomania; Body dysmorphic disorder

Potenza, Marc N

Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neurobiology
Director, Center of Excellence in Gambling Research
Director, Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders
Director, Women and Addictive Disorders, Women's Health Research at Yale

Research Interests: Pathological gambling; Impulse control disorders; Substance abuse; Addiction; Gender differences

Clinical Interests: pathological gambling; impulse control disorders; substance abuse; addiction; gender differences

Ross, David Adam

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Rothman, Douglas L

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and of Biomedical Engineering
Director Yale MR Research Center

Research Interests: MR spectroscopy development; MR imaging methods to image metabolic and neurotransmitter pathways in humans and in animal models

Sanacora, Gerard

Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Yale Depression Research Program

Research Interests: Mood Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Stress; Pathophysiology; Neuropharmacology; Neuroimaging; Drug Development; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Clinical Interests: Treatment resistant depression, novel treatment strategies

Sinha, Rajita

Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neurobiology
Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center
Chief, Psychology Section in Psychiatry
Deputy Director, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (Yale CTSA)

Research Interests: Stress; Relaxation; Chronic Disease; Addiction; Addictive behaviors; Clinical Prevention

Clinical Interests: Stress interventions; treatment of substance use disorders; behavioral interventions for excessive smoking, alcohol consumption, illicit drug use and overeating of comfort foods.

Small, Dana

Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychology
Associate Fellow, The John B Pierce Laboratory

Research Interests: Neurophysiology of feeding; Chemical senses; Neuroimaging; Dopamine; Addiction; Motivation; Psychophysics; Stress; Obesity

Southwick, Steven M

Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center

Research Interests: Posttraumatic stress disorder; Resilience; Neurobiology; Epidemiology

Clinical Interests: Post Traumatic Stress disorder, Resilience to stress

Taylor, Jane Rebecca

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology

Research Interests: Addiction; Depression; Learning; Memory; Animal Models; Plasticity; Signaling

Tek, Cenk

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Psychosis Program, CMHC

Research Interests: Schizophrenia; Psycho-pharmacology; Cognitive neuroscience; Translational neuroscience; Working memory; Cognitive impairment in schizophrenia; Medical comorbidities in schizophrenia; Obesity and mental illness; Human reward mechanisms and appetite regulation

Clinical Interests: Schizophrenia; Psychotic Disorders

van Dyck, Christopher

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurobiology
Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit

Research Interests: Alzheimer's disease; Healthy aging; Cognitive aging; Pharmacotherapy; Neuroimaging; Genetics

Clinical Interests: Alzheimer's Disease; Cognitive Aging; Neuroimaging

Wexler, Bruce E

Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Xu, Ke

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests: Identification of gene and environmental risks on substance abuse; Ketamine associated persistent psychotic disorder (KAPPD); Identification of genetic risks for KAPPD

Clinical Interests: General adult psychiatry

Yonkers, Kimberly Ann

Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers

Research Interests: Women's health; Psychiatric Disorders in Women; Gender Differences in Mental Health; Substance Use Disorders in Women; Perinatal Mental Health; Premenstrual Disorders

Clinical Interests: Mood disorders in women; Premenstrual dysphoric disorder; Managing psychiatric and addictive disorders in pregnancy