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Sherry McKee, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory; Clinical Director, Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic; Director, Yale Program for Sex Differences in Alcohol Use Disorder, Psychiatry



Dr. Sherry McKee is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale Medical School, Director of the Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory, and Clinical Director of the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic. Dr. McKee directs a translational program of research focused on treatment development for addictive disorders, with an emphasis on women and more recently criminal justice populations. Her work spans clinical trials, behavioral pharmacology, survey research, and epidemiological research to uncover mechanisms underlying poor outcomes and to translate these finding into improved interventions. Dr. McKee has directed large NIH-funded efforts (P50-ORWH/NIDA; P01-ORWH/NIAAA) focused on developing effective medications for addictive behaviors which are responsive to sex-differences. Dr. McKee currently leads the Yale-SCORE on Sex Differences in Alcohol Use Disorder (U54AA027989, ORWH/NIAAA). For this effort, she directs an interdisciplinary team conducting translational cross-species research focused on expediting the development of gender-sensitive therapeutics for alcohol use disorder, mentoring junior faculty, and providing a national resource on women and alcohol. Dr. McKee also leads a federally funded partnership between Yale University, the of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the State of Connecticut Department of Correction, to develop and implement an integrated system of addiction care for adults returning to their communities following incarceration.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Western Ontario (1999)
  • Fellow
    Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, CT. (1999)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
President (2015-2016)Society of Addiction Psychology (Div 50) American Psychological Association2015
Board of Directors (2013-2017)Research Society on Alcoholism2013
Fellow, Division 50American Psychological Association2010

Professional Service

Drug and Alcohol Dependence - ReportsAssociate Editor2021 - Present
US Dept JusticeComprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program2021
New Haven Re-entry Center, Office of the Mayor, New HavenNew Haven Re-entry Center2021 - Present
SAMSHAExpert Panel on medication assisted treatment in criminal justice populations2019
Div 50, American Psychological AssociationChair, Awards Committee2018 - Present
Food and Drug AdministrationOpioid and Nicotine Use, Dependence, and Recovery: Influences of Sex and Gender2018
Psychology of Addictive BehaviorAssociate Editor2014 - Present
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & AlcoholismReviewer, Loan Repayment Grants2014 - Present
Research Society on AlcoholismCommittee Member2011 - 2017
American Psychological AssociationAwards Committee2010 - 2015
Research Society on AlcoholismResearch Priorities Committee2008 - 2009
Div 50, American Psychological Association ConventionProgram Chair2008 - 2009
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & AlcoholismAA3 Clinical, Treatment and Health Services Research Review Subcommittee2007 - 2011

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