Gretchen Hermes MTS, MD, PhD

Instructor in Psychiatry

Biographical Info

Gretchen Hermes completed her MD/PhD on pre-clinical stress-diathesis models of social neglect at the University of Chicago with Martha K. McClintock, a pioneer in the field of social neuroscience. These models of psychopathology (schizophrenia, depression) laid the foundation for her current research on molecular mechanisms that protect against the pathophysiological changes underlying abnormal brain development. This work, through the Section of Comparative Medicine and with Dr. Tamas Horvath, focuses on the role of mitochondrial proteins in facilitating synaptic plasticity and neurotransmission representing a potential paradigm shift toward a role for energy and biogenesis in mental illness.

Dr. Hermes is also the attending psychiatrist at the Yale Stress Center, an interdisciplinary behavioral health facility, dedicated to applying evidence-informed practice to reduce the risk of stress-related physical and mental illnesses. The Stress Center conducts research on the science of stress, linking brain mechanisms of stress to disease, and on related interventions. Dr. Hermes provides targeted pharmacotherapy for the full spectrum of DSM disorders.

Education & Training

Harvard Divinity School (1997)
University of Chicago (2003)
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2007)
Yale University, Psychiatry (2007 - 2011)
Research Fellowship, Schizophrenia
Yale University, Psychiatry (2011 - 2013)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH, Interdisciplinary Program in Immunology
University of Chicago, Committee on Immunology (Infectious Disease) (2004 - 2005)
Board Certification
Psychiatry, Board Eligible 

Honors & Recognition

  • Workshop on Schizophrenia and Related Disorders, Travel Award and Stipend
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2012)
  • APA-Pfizer M.D., Ph.D. Research Fellowship Award
    American Psychiatric Association (2011)
  • Daniel X. and Mary Freedman Fellowship in Academic Psychiatry
    Freedman Foundation (2011)
  • APA-Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholar
    American Psychiatric Association (2010)
  • Power Day Award, Psychiatry, for a resident nominated by 3rd year medical class, who serves as a true role model for Yale medical students
    Yale School of Medicine (2011)
  • ACNP Travel Award
    American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2008)
  • Seymour Lustman Award for Outstanding Resident Research
    Yale Department of Psychiatry (2009)
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, Medical Staff Service Excellence Recognition
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2009)

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