Ismene Petrakis, MD

Professor of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Adult Psychiatry | ADVANCE Study | Alcoholism Treatment Center | Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Division of Addictions | Division of Mental Health Services | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Psychotherapy Development Center

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

Drug use, Addiction, and HIV Research Scholars (DAHRS)

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Petrakis is a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and the Director of the Mental Health Service Line at VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) since July 2010. Dr. Petrakis completed residency training at Yale School of Medicine and then a NIDA-funded addiction psychiatry clinical/research fellowship. She joined the faculty in 1992. Prior to July 2010, she was the Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program of the VACHS since 1996.

Dr. Petrakis is also the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency at Yale, an ACGME-accredited program and the PI of both an NIAAA-funded and a NIDA-funded training grant (T32).

Her research interests are predominately two-fold: (1) finding appropriate treatments for dually diagnosed individuals and (2) understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying alcohol dependence. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, NIH-NIAAA, the VA, NARSAD and the Stanley Foundation.

Education & Training

MD University of Pittsburgh (1987)
Fellow, Addiction Yale University School of Medicine
Residency Yale University School of Medicine

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Ismene Petrakis, MD
Mailing Address
Psychiatry950 Campbell Ave

West Haven, CT 06516