Lynnette A. Averill, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Emerge Research Program


Dr. Lynnette Averill is experienced in translational clinical neuroscience, and is an expert in the evaluation of neurocognitive symptoms and the clinical assessment and treatment of PTSD, suicidality, and other trauma- and stress-related psychopathology. Her work focuses on pharmacoimaging trials evaluating rapid-acting glutamatergic-based drugs (e.g., ketamine) on reductions in suicidal ideation and cognitive function and the neural underpinnings (e.g., synaptic connectivity) of these behavioral changes. 

Education & Training

PhD University of Utah (2013)
MS University of Utah, Counseling Psychology (2008)
BS Westminster College, Psychology/Sociology (2005)
Postdoctoral Fellow Clinical Neurosciences Division - National Center for PTSD, VA Connecticut Medical Center
Predoctoral Intern Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Fulbright Scholar Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (now Phoenix Australia)

Honors & Recognition

  • Fulbright Alumni AmbassadorUS Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) (2018)

  • Credentialing Scholarship for Early Career PsychologistsNational Register for Health Service Psychologists (2018)

  • Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership ProgramAnxiety and Depression Association of America (2018)

  • Young Investigator Travel AwardAmerican College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2017)

  • Young Investigator AwardAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) (2017)

  • New Investigator AwardInternational Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (2016)

  • Named the 2015 Woman Breaking the Silence Against Mental Illness InvestigatorBrain and Behavior Foundation (NARSAD) and NY Women's Committee (2016)

  • NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain and Behavior Foundation (2016)

  • Robert E. Leet and Clara Guthrie Patterson Trust Mentored Research AwardThe Medical Foundation (2016)

  • VISN 1 Career Development AwardDepartment of Veterans Affairs (2016)

  • Fulbright Postgraduate FellowshipUS Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) (2008)

Professional Service

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America - Vice Chair, Genetics & Neuroscience Special Interest Group (SIG) (2018 - Present) Vice Chair

  • Chronic Stress - a scientific journal published by Sage (2017 - Present) Associate Editor

  • Clinician's Trauma Update - Online (2017 - Present) Associate Editor

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies - Traumatic StressPoints (2014 - Present) Associate Editor

  • Intera Solutions and Riverwoods Behavioral Health (2008 - Present) Trauma Content Expert

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Contact Info

Lynnette A. Averill, PhD
Mailing Address
Emerge Research ProgramAttn: National Center for PTSD - Clinical Neurosciences Div.
950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516