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Robert Malison, MD, BA

Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit; Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program

Contact Information

Robert Malison, MD, BA

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    34 Park Street

    New Haven, CT, 06519

    United States



Dr. Malison completed his undergraduate degree at Williams College, before obtaining his M.D. degree at Yale University School of Medicine. He remained at Yale for psychiatry residency training as part of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Training Program in Psychiatry. After a one-year addiction fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Yale to join faculty and is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Malison has devoted 20 years to patient-oriented research into the neurobiology, neuropharmacology, and genetics of stimulant, including both cocaine and methamphetamine, addiction. His research has applied numerous clinical-translational approaches, including stimulant administration (cocaine, methylphenidate, and amphetamine), medications development (e.g., modafinil), drug-drug interaction (e.g., disulfiram-cocaine), human genetic, brain activation (e.g., fMRI), and neurochemical brain imaging (e.g., SPECT/PET) methods. His group has applied these techniques to studies of the regulation of stimulant self-administration behavior, drug-induced neuroplasticity, and individual (including genetic) differences in vulnerability to stimulant effects. He is Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and Program Director / Principal Investigator of three NIH-funded research training programs, including the Clinical Neuroscience Research Training Program in Psychiatry.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Yale University (1987)
  • BA
    Williams College, Chemistry (1982)
  • Fellow
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Resident
    Yale University School of Medicine


  • Genetic study of methamphetamine dependence
    Bangkok, Thailand 2015
    Genetic study of methamphetamine dependence

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Top Doctors, Addiction PsychiatryCastle Connelly2015
Teacher of the YearYale Psychiatry Residents Association (PRA)2015

Departments & Organizations