Skip to Main Content

Emily Olfson, MD/PhD

Clinical Fellow in the Child Study Center; Solnit Integrated Program, Yale Child Study Center

Contact Information

Emily Olfson, MD/PhD



Dr. Olfson is currently a clinical fellow in her final year of the Albert J Solnit Integrated Training Program, which is a research track residency program that provides clinical training in adult and child psychiatry. Prior to coming to Yale, Dr. Olfson completed the MD-PhD program at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis where her dissertation in Human and Statistical Genetics focused on the genetics of smoking and alcoholism in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Bierut. At Yale, Dr. Olfson conducts research in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Fernandez and works clinically with children and adults. Her research focuses on the neurogenomic underpinnings of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and childhood anxiety disorders. Under the mentorship of Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Michael Bloch, she has developed the first whole-exome sequencing study focused on parent-child trios impacted by body-focused repetitive behaviors ( She has received research support from the NIH, an AACAP Pilot Research Award, a Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Fellowship in ADHD, and the Alan B. Slifka Foundation through the Riva Ariella Ritvo endowment.

Education & Training

  • MD/PhD
    Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Human and Statistical Genetics
  • BA
    Oberlin College, Biology and Mathematics

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Career Development AwardNational Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)2022

Departments & Organizations