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Patrick Skosnik, PhD

Associate Professor Adjunct

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Patrick Skosnik, PhD



Dr. Skosnik trained in Neuroscience at Northwestern University where he was mentored by Dr. Sohee Park. His doctoral work involved the formulation of a novel hypothesis stating that schizophrenia pathology is caused in part by a dysregulation of the brain’s endogenous cannabinoid system. Subsequently, Dr. Skosnik completed postdoctoral work with Dr. Paul J. Reber at Northwestern learning the skills of fMRI data collection and analysis. After that, he began additional postdoctoral study in the Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences where he was involved in electrophysiology research under the tutelage of Dr. Brian O’Donnell and Dr. William Hetrick. After his postdoctoral study, he joined the Yale University Department of Psychiatry as research faculty where he worked with Dr. Deepak C. D’Souza and Dr. Mohini Ranganathan examining the electrophysiological correlates of cannabinoids in humans. In 2018, Dr. Skosnik was appointed as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and now directs the Psychophysiology Laboratory within the VA-CMHC-Yale Schizophrenia Research Clinic. He has been the recipient of two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards, was invited to participate in the NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program, was the 2016 Yale Nominee for the Charles A. Dana Foundation Neuroimaging Grant (awarded), has received The Brain and Behavior Foundation (Formerly NARSAD) Independent Investigator Award. and his work has been featured on the covers of Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, and Clinical Neurophysiology.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Indiana University (2005)
  • PhD
    Northwestern University (2000)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Full Membership in Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor SocietySigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society (inducted July 2020)2020
Independent Investigator AwardThe Brain and Behavior Foundation (Formerly NARSAD)2017
Charles A. Dana Foundation 2016 David Mahoney Neuroimaging AwardCharles A. Dana Foundation2016
Society for Neuroscience Meeting Hot Topics SelectionSFN2013
NIH Early Career Reviewer (ECR) ProgramNIH2012
NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain & Behavior Research Foundation2010
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award (LRP)NIH2009
Member, Marquis Who's Who in America®, inducted in 2008Marquis Who's Who in America®2008
NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain & Behavior Research Foundation2005

Professional Service

NIHNIH Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology (BRLE) NIH Study Section2012 - 2013

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