Robert F. Leeman, PhD

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: ADVANCE Study | Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY) | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Division of Addictions | Smoking Cessation and Alcohol Treatment Research Clinic

Office of Cooperative Research


Robert F. Leeman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and a Research Scientist with the VA VISN1 MIRECC. His primary research interest is in relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and cocaine/opioid co-use. He has particular interests in impaired control over alcohol use, disinhibition/impulsivity and cognitive biases. Much of Dr. Leeman's research concerns young adult addictive behaviors and he has made use of human laboratory, survey and clinical trial methods.

Dr. Leeman joined the faculty at Yale in 2007 after having completed a NIDA post-doctoral fellowship, also in the Yale Psychiatry Department. He joined the VA MIRECC as a Research Scientist in 2012. Dr. Leeman received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a B.A. in Psychology and Screen Studies from Clark University in 1998.

Dr. Leeman was awarded a K01 from NIAAA in 2010, a grant from the ABMRF/the Foundation for Alcohol Research in 2012 and was a recipient of a clinical research loan repayment award from NIAAA from 2006-2012. He held an F31 individual, predoctoral National Research Recognition Award from NIAAA from 2003-2005 and was a 2006 recipient of an Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism, in addition to several other travel and young investigator awards.

Education & Training

PhD University of Pennsylvania (2005)
BA Clark University (1998)
NIDA Postdoctoral Fellowship Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • NCDEU New Investigator AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2013)

  • Junior, then Senior ScholarAlcohol Medical Scholars Program (Director: Marc Schuckit, M.D.) (2013)

  • Early Career Reviewer ProgramNIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) (2012)

  • GrantAlcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) (2012)

  • Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01 AA019694)NIH/NIAAA (2010)

  • Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program, initial contract (2006) and competitive renewals (2008 and 2010)NIH (2006)

  • Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award (postdoctoral, psychosocial)Research Society on Alcoholism (2006)

Professional Service

  • (2013 - Present) Member

  • APA Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50) (2013 - Present) Moderator

  • Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) (2012 - 2013) Helped to select presentations and symposia for annual meeting

  • Physician Associate Program (2011 - 2012) Advised a Physician Associate student on Master of Medical Science thesis. The thesis was in the form of a research proposal concerning an extension of a brief, web-based alcohol reduction intervention to undergraduate students in the United States.

  • (2011 - Present) Member

  • (2011 - Present) Reviewer

  • (2011 - Present) Member


  • Analyses of Finnish Twin Study data Finland (2013)

    I am about to begin a project to test impulsivity, perceived parental permissiveness and job status as predictors of addictive behaviors among adolescents and young adults using Finnish Twin Study data

  • Collaboration with Dr. Reinout Wiers and colleagues Netherlands (2012)

    We are testing a novel cognitive bias modification procedure with the ultimate goal of reducing alcohol use among frequent heavy drinking young adults

  • International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases (ISPTID) Germany (2010 - 2011)

    Executive Committee member and Conference Secretariat

  • South African Medical Research Council South Africa (2010)

    Ad hoc grant reviewer

  • Netherlands National Initiative Brain and Cognition Netherlands (2010)

    Ad hoc grant reviewer

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Contact Info

Robert F. Leeman, PhD
Mailing Address
Psychiatry34 Park Street, S200
New Haven, CT 06519

Curriculum Vitae

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