Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Corlett Lab

Yale Instruction/Investigation/Intervention in Emotional Lability and Dysregulation (YIELD)

Yale Medicine


Dr. Fineberg holds an MD PhD from the University of Iowa, where she studied the molecular mechanisms that control early fate decisions for neural stem cells in mouse brain.  She initially became interested in science as an undergraduate student at Oberlin College in physiology classes, where mechanism came alive in narratives about the evolutionary and individual history of the organism. She came to Yale in 2010 to pursue clinical and research training in psychiatry.  Her current research engages  both stories and brain-based mechanisms of mental illness, asking questions about how patient social experiences relate to neural circuits and learning mechanisms.

Dr. Fineberg has been awarded young investigator grants from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to pursue studies about social learning in Borderline Personality Disorder.


Education & Training

PhD University of Iowa, Physiology and Biophysics (2010)
MD University of Iowa (2010)
BA Oberlin College, Biology (2000)

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Sarah Fineberg, MD, PhD
Mailing Address
Clinical Neuroscience Research Unitc/o CMHC
34 Park St

New Haven, CT 06511

Belief Learning and Memory (BLaM) lab