Ismene Leonida Petrakis MD

Professor of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Departments & Organizations

LCME Faculty Subcommittee

Office of Student Research

DAHRSAddiction Medicine | Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center; Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism; Psychotherapy Development Center; Adult Psychiatry; Alcoholism Treatment Center; Addictions, Division of

Research Interests

Alcohol; Alcoholism; Dual diagnosis; Psychiatric comorbidity; Addiction; Neurobiology; Psychopharmacology; Familial vulnerability more...


  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1987

Selected Publications

  • Dickerson D, Pittman B, Ralevski E, Perrino A, Limoncelli D, Edgecombe J, Acampora G, Krystal J, Petrakis I. Ethanol-like effects of thiopental and ketamine in healthy humans. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2010; 24(2):203-211
  • Ralevski E, Perrino A, Acampora G, Koretski J, Limoncelli D, Petrakis I. Analgesic Effects of Ethanol are Influenced by Family History of Alcoholism and Personality Traits. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. 2010; 34(8):1433-41 PMID: 20497133.
  • Esterlis I, Cosgrove KP, Petrakis IL, McKee SA, Bois F, Krantzler E, Stiklus SM, Perry EB, Tamagnan GD, Seibyl JP, Krystal JH, Staley JK. SPECT imaging of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in nonsmoking heavy alcohol drinking individuals. Drug and Alcohol, 2010; 108(1-2): 146-50. PMID: 20074869, PMCID: PMC2871672



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