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Marc Potenza, PhD, MD


Steven M. Southwick Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience; Director, Center of Excellence in Gambling Research; Director, Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders; Director, Women and Addictive Disorders, Women's Health Research at Yale

Dr. Potenza has significant expertise and experience in clinical research, leadership, administration and mentoring. Dr. Potenza’s focuses on clinical research of substance and non-substance (“behavioral”) addictions. His multifaceted, developmentally informed research program includes clinical trials, multimodal neuroimaging and genetic approaches and their integration. Major accomplishments include imaging and clinical trials studies that link pathological gambling with substance addictions, with such work in part leading to pathological gambling being reclassified with substance use disorders in DSM-5. He is currently PI on an R01 to investigate the neural correlates of cocaine use disorder and multiple PI on an R01 that focuses on understanding the neural correlates of treatments for obesity and binge eating disorder. Additionally, Dr. Potenza is co-Director of the Clinician Scientist Program, organizes and teaches in the core seminars, has chaired the CMHC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for approximately 20 years, and serves as research mentor for multiple trainees. He has mentored over 100 early career investigators, including over 12 individuals with entry-level NIDA or NIAAA K Awards (including 5 current individuals).