Leadership

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D.

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair of the Human Investigations Committee at Yale University School of Medicine. With Dr. O’Malley she co-leads the Yale Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science.

Dr. Krishnan-Sarin’s research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. Her primary areas of research focus are tobacco use in adolescents and alcohol drinking in adults. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee.

Stephanie S. O’Malley, PhD

Stephanie O'Malley, Ph.D. is Professor and Deputy Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

With Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Dr. O’Malley co-leads the Yale Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science. Previously, Dr. O’Malley was the Principal Investigator of the Yale Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center funded by an initiative sponsored jointly by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the co-director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Center (NIAAA) for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism with Dr. John Krystal.

Dr. O’Malley’s research focuses on understanding and developing interventions for tobacco and alcohol use. She has authored over 200 publications and has received awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Hazelden Foundation, the American Association for Medical and Research in Substance Abuse, and the American Cancer Society. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1983.