Bachaar Arnaout, MD

Assistant Professor

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Psychiatry: Alcoholism Treatment Center


Bachaar Arnaout, MD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, and serves as Director of the Detoxification and Addiction Stabilization Service and Medical Director of the Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at VA Connecticut Healthcare System. After graduating from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, Dr. Arnaout trained in psychiatry at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, where he also completed the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology. He then trained in addiction psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where he subsequently joined as clinical faculty in 2008 and as full-time faculty in 2016. Dr. Arnaout holds board certification in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, addiction medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, and brain injury medicine. Dr. Arnaout’s academic interests include the psychotherapy and psychopharmacology of addiction and co-occurring disorders, and medical education. He has co-edited two books on addiction psychotherapy that draw on the theoretical framework of motivational interviewing: Handbook of Motivation and Change: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (2010) and Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Practice (2017). Dr. Arnaout was a 2017-2018 Yale Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Carlat Addiction Treatment Report.

Education & Training

MD Jagiellonian University (1999)
Fellowship, Addiction Psychiatry Yale School of Medicine
Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology
Residency, Psychiatry St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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