Chadi Abdallah MD

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

Biographical Info

Dr. Chadi G. Abdallah has an expertise in translational clinical neuroscience, multimodal magnetic resonance neuroimaging, and the use of glutamatergic drugs in treating trauma- and stress-related psychiatric disorders. His studies employ broad range of neuroimaging modalities to study the neurobiology of neuropsychiatric 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 programs is currently investigating two glutamate-based drugs: ketamine and riluzole.

Education & Training

Lebanese University (2006)
SUNY Downstate, Psychiatry (2007 - 2010)
Chief Resident
SUNY Downstate, Psychiatry (2010 - 2011)
Research Trainee
Cornell University, Laboratory for Advanced MRS Research (2011 - 2011)
Neuroimaging Fellow
Yale University, Neuroimaging Sciences Training Program (2011 - 2013)
McNeil Psychopharmacology Fellow
Yale University, Psychiatry (2011 - 2013)

Honors & Recognition

  • Patterson Trust Award in Clinical Research
    Robert Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust (2015)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
    Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2014)
  • The Seymour L. Lustman Award for Psychiatric Research
    Yale University (2012)
  • Early Academic Career Award on Schizophrenia Research
    American Psychiatric Foundation (2013)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
    Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (2012)
  • McNeil Fellowship in Psychopharmacology
    Yale University (2011)
  • Distinguished Scholastic Performance in Research by a Resident
    SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2010)
  • APA/Lilly Resident Research Award
    American Psychiatric Association (2012)
  • NCDEU New Investigator Award
    American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) (2011)
  • Young Investigator Travel Award
    Molecular Psychiatry (2013)
  • ISCTM New Investigator Award
    International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM) (2012)
  • NIDA/SFN Early Career Investigator Travel Award
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (2012)
  • Julius Axelrod Travel Award
    National Institute of Mental Health (2012)
  • APA Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators
    American Psychiatric Association (2012)
  • Psychiatry Resident Travel Award
    Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference (2009)
  • McNeil Fellowship in Psychopharmacology
    Yale University (2012)

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