Marc N Potenza PhD, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neurobiology; Director, Center of Excellence in Gambling Research; Director, Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders; Director, Women and Addictive Disorders, Women's Health Research at Yale

Departments & Organizations

Women's Health Research at Yale: WHRY Research Cores: Addictive Behaviors Core

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiologyChild Study Center | Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center; Human Genetics, Division of; Substance Abuse Research; Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY); Psychotherapy Development Center; Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women's Health; Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program; Addictions, Division of; Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of; Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders


Dr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training and certification in addiction psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University receiving a combined BS/MS with Honors in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and a PhD in Cell Biology, the latter concurrent with the MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed internship, psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neurobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, and the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research at Yale, and Director of Neuroimaging for the VISN1 MIRECC of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He is on the editorial boards of eight journals and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care. He has consulted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Effective Programs, National Institutes of Health, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization on matters of addiction.


  • Ph.D., Yale University , 1993
  • M.D., Yale University School of Medicine , 1994

Selected Publication

  • Jastreboff AM, Potenza MN, Lacadie C, Hong K, Sherwin R, Sinha R (in press) Body mass index, metabolic factors and striatal activation during stressful and neutral/relaxing states: an fMRI study. Neuropsychopharmacol
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