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Brendan Adkinson

MD-PhD Student

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Brendan Adkinson


Brendan Adkinson is a second-year MD-PhD student within the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. He is interested in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric illness through a combination of neuroimaging, computational, and digital phenotyping approaches.

Brendan graduated summa cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Marietta College where he was a letterman on the varsity football team and captain of the varsity tennis team. Before matriculating at Yale, he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Anticevic, focusing on studies of schizophrenia, autism, and OCD, including a pharmacological manipulation with ketamine.

Outside of the classroom, Brendan is a member of Vox Church (New Haven, CT), a mentor to inmates at Manson Youth Institution (Cheshire, CT), and on the Board of Directors at the J. Luce Foundation (New York, NY).

Fun Fact About Brendan: He and his grandmother are close friends, and they have talked over the phone nearly every day since he was four years old.

Education & Training

  • BS
    Marietta College, Biochemistry (2016)
  • BS
    Marietta College, Neuroscience (2016)
  • BA
    Marietta College, Spanish (2016)