Jonas Hannestad, MD, PhD

Chief, Inpatient Division, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit


Dr. Hannestad received his medical training at the University of Oviedo, Spain (M.D., 1996) and obtained a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Messina, Italy (Ph.D., 2000). He did a post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA (2000-2002), and psychiatry residency training at Duke (PGY1-3) and Yale (PGY4). He was Chief Resident on the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit in 2006 and then Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry from 2007 until 2009. Currently he is the Chief of the Inpatient Division of the CNRU, a 12-bed psychiatric research unit located at CMHC, where he teaches psychiatry residents and medical students. Dr. Hannestad's research focuses on brain-immune interactions, specifically, whether systemic inflammation can affect the onset or progression of neuropsychiatric diseases. He uses a combination of experimental innate immune system activation and PET imaging to try to understand which brain regions/circuits and which cells are involved in the brain's response to systemic inflammatory signals.

Education & Training

PhD University of Messina, Cell Biology (2000)
MD Universidad de Oviedo (1996)
Clinical Instructor Yale
Psychiatry residency Yale
Psychiatry residency Duke
Postdoctoral fellowship UCLA

Honors & Recognition

  • Brain imaging Council Young Investigator Award, Second PlaceSociety for Nuclear Medicine (2009)

  • Young Investigator AwardNARSAD (2009)

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Concept AwardDepartment of Defense (2008)

  • Scholar AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigation (2008)

  • Junior Investigator Travel AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association (2007)

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Contact Info

Jonas Hannestad, MD, PhD
Mailing Address
Psychiatry Ribicoff ResearchPO BOX 208068
New Haven, CT 06520-8068

Curriculum Vitae