Joel Gelernter MD

Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neurobiology; Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry)

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Office of International Medical Student EducationSocial & Behavioral Health



Psychiatry: Human Genetics, Division of | Molecular Psychiatry, Division of | Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism | VA-Yale Clinical Neurosciences PTSD Research Program | Psychotherapy Development Center | Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program | VA Alcohol Research Center | Yale Global Mental Health Program

Research Interests

Complex trait genetics; Psychiatric genetics; Population genetics; Substance dependence; Gene mapping


  • BS, Yale University , 1979
  • M.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center , 1983

Selected Publication

  • Gelernter J, Sherva R, Koesterer R, Almasy L, Zhao H, Kranzler HR, Farrer LA. Genomewide association study of cocaine dependence and related traits: FAM53B identified as a risk gene. (2013) Mol Psychiatry. Aug 20. doi: 10.1038/mp.2013.99. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:23958962 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]