Chiang-Shan Ray Li, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Alcohols; Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Disorders; Biological Therapy; Central Nervous System; Nervous System; Nervous System Diseases; Psychological Phenomena; Therapeutics; Behavior Control; Research Subjects; Drug Users; Chemicals and Drugs; Psychiatry and Psychology

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research Clinic

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Our research focuses on combining psychophysics, neural imaging, and computation to understand how brain works at the systems level. In particular, we are interested in the neural processes of cognitive control and how deficits in these processes may contribute to the pathogenesis of substance use disorders and other psychiatric and neurological conditions. Our research also examines the neurochemical basis of cognition. We employ pharmacological manipulation and resting state as well task-based brain imaging to examine the catecholaminergic and cholinergic circuits of importance to neuropsychiatric illnesses. We collaborate widely with investigators in basic and clinical neuroscience on and off campus.

Specialized Terms: Systems neuroscience; Psychophysics; Neural imaging; Cognitive control; Addiction; Psychostimulant; Alcohol; Anxiety disorders

Selected Publications

Full List of PubMed Publications

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Contact Info

Chiang-Shan Ray Li, MD, PhD
Mailing Address
PsychiatryCMHC S112
34 Park Street

New Haven, CT 06519