Deputy Director for Interdisciplinary Research
Rajita Sinha, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the newly established Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center (YISC) that focuses on understanding the effects of stress on behavior, in order to improve health outcomes relating to maladaptive behaviors. She has also served as the Director of Addiction Services at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is internationally known for her pioneering research on the mechanisms linking stress to addiction. Her research objectives are threefold: (a) to elucidate sex-specific neurobiological mechanisms underlying stress in humans; (b) to examine neurobiological alterations in stress and reward circuits associated with addictive disorders; and (c) to develop effective addiction prevention and treatment strategies that target stress and emotion regulation in individuals both at-risk for and those with addiction problems. These objectives are being accomplished through a series of NIH funded research projects and she has published widely on these topics. She has served on many NIH special emphasis panels, review committees and workshops, presented at numerous national and international conferences, and her work is widely cited.