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Anahita Bassir Nia, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Assistant Director for Training and Education for CNRU, Psychiatry; Assistant Clinical Unit Chief for CNRU, Psychiatry; Research Psychiatrist, VA National Center for PTSD

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Anahita Bassir Nia, MD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    34 Park St., #333B

    NEW HAVEN, CT 06519

    United States



Anahita Bassir Nia, MD, joined Yale School of Medicine in July 2018 as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, after completing her psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and her addiction psychiatry fellowship-academic track at Mount Sinai West, Icahn School of Medicine, New York.

Her research interests are, mainly, in translational research on addiction and mental health disorders. She is particularly interested in the biological effects of acute and chronic stress on developing substance use disorders, as well as, the effects of substance use on stress response and psychiatric symptoms. She has been focused on the use of cannabinoids (partial and full agonists) and endocannabinoid system dysregulations in relation to childhood trauma and substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorder, as well as the role of endocannabinoid system in psychopathology of stress-related disorders.

She is also interested in the potential use of psychedelics in treatment of substance use disorder, particularly alcohol use disorder. She studies the potential effects of psychedelics N, N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) on alcohol use disorder and its underlying mechanism such as changes in neuroplasticity.

Education & Training

  • Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship- Academic Track
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai West (2018)
  • Psychiatry Residency
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (2016)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Mentorship awardResearch in Addiction Medicine Scholars (RAMS) Program2021
Travel awardCollege on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)2020
New Investigator Award (NIA)American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)2020
Career Development Award (K12)NIDA2019
Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars (RAMS) Program fellowship award (2016)Boston University School of Medicine, supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)2017
Junior Investigators AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association (APA), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)2017
Travel AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and the Zucker Hillside Hospital.2017
Travel awardAmerican Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)2016
Travel AwardIcahn School of Medicine2016

Professional Service

Current Addiction ReportsEditor2023 - Present
Journal Cellular and Molecular Life SciencesGuest Editor2023 - Present
Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)Committee Member2022 - Present
Frontiers in PsychiatryGuest Editor2022 - Present
NIHPathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section2021
College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)Human Research Committee: to identify issues relating to clinical research in the drug abuse field and recommend actions to the Board of Directors.2021 - Present
Scientific Advisory Board, Synendos TherapeuticsBoard Member2021 - Present
American Academy of Addiction PsychiatryCannabis Interest Committee2019 - Present
College on Problems of Drug DependencePublication Committee2018 - Present
IRBMember2018 - Present
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)CME/Meeting Committee and Program Committee2017 - Present

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