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Ismene Petrakis, MD

Professor of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

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Ismene Petrakis, MD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    950 Campbell Ave, 116-A

    West Haven, CT 06516

    United States



Dr. Petrakis is a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and the Director of the Mental Health Service Line at VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) since July 2010. Dr. Petrakis completed residency training at Yale School of Medicine and then a NIDA-funded addiction psychiatry clinical/research fellowship. She joined the faculty in 1992. Prior to July 2010, she was the Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program of the VACHS since 1996.

Dr. Petrakis is also the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency at Yale, an ACGME-accredited program and the PI of both an NIAAA-funded and a NIDA-funded training grant (T32).

Her research interests are predominately two-fold: (1) finding appropriate treatments for dually diagnosed individuals and (2) understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying alcohol dependence. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, NIH-NIAAA, the VA, NARSAD and the Stanley Foundation.

Education & Training

  • Fellow, Addiction
    Yale University School of Medicine (1992)
  • Residency
    Yale University School of Medicine (1991)
  • MD
    University of Pittsburgh (1987)

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