Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Vice-Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student ResearchCancer Center, Yale: Cancer Prevention and ControlPsychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center; Substance Abuse Research; Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism; Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY); Psychotherapy Development Center; Addictions, Division of; Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of; Tobacco Research in Youth (TRY); Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science


Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her 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. 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 novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental 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. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction.


  • Ph.D., Purdue University , 1992

Selected Publication

  • Krishnan-Sarin, S., Morean, M., Camenga, D., Cavallo, D.A. & Kong, G. E-cigarette use among high school and middle school adolescents in Connecticut. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2015. 1:1-9

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Young Investigator Award(1997) , Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
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