Michael Stevens, PhD

Director, Clinical Neuroscience and Development Laboratory at Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center; Director, Child & Adolescent Research, The Institute of Living

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center


Dr. Stevens received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1999 upon completion of his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation and a year-long clinical internship in specialized neuropsychological assessment at the West Haven VA medical center. After graduation, he began his clinical research career as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. During that time, Dr. Stevens engaged in half-time clinical practice, founding and staffing a research-based clinic for adolescent neuropsychological disorders. Dr. Stevens spent his other professional effort at UConn using his training in neuropsychological assessment of cognitive impairment to study adolescents at risk for substance disorder. Dr. Stevens benefited from the mentorship of several respected senior scientists in the fields of alcohol and substance disorder research. It also was during this time that Dr. Stevens was first introduced to functional neuroimaging as a research technique in psychiatry. At this time, he moved from a postdoctoral position to a place on the faculty in the UConn Psychiatry Department to further pursue his clinical and research interests. In 2002, Dr. Stevens relocated to The Institute of Living to join the nascent Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center where he has worked using fMRI experimentation and analysis methods,EEG research methods, and advanced neuropsychological assessment techniques to pursue numerous lines of NIH-funded and private foundation-funded research in psychiatry. Dr. Stevens joined the faculty of the Yale Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Clinical Professor in 2003. This appointment provided him access to the vast array of intellectual and collaborative resources available at Yale Psychiatry that he has capitalized on during his ongoing career development. He was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department in 2009.

Education & Training

PhD University of Connecticut (1999)
MA University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology (1997)
BA Tulane University, Psychology (1993)
Postdoc University of Connecticut Healthcare Center
Intern West Haven VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Professional Service

  • Consulting Editor Neuropsychology (2010)

  • Charter Member Neural Basis of Addictions, Psychopathology and Sleep NIH Study Section (2009 - 2013)

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