Robert Malison, MD, BA

Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit; Director, Neuroscience Research Training Program

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Adult Psychiatry | Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Division of Human Genetics | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Substance Abuse Research | Yale Cocaine Research Clinic | Yale Global Mental Health Program

Office of International Medical Student Education

PET Radioligand Development for Mental Health (PRDMH)

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Malison completed his undergraduate degree at Williams College, before obtaining his M.D. degree at Yale University School of Medicine. He remained at Yale for psychiatry residency training as part of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Training Program in Psychiatry. After a one-year addiction fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Yale to join faculty and is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Malison has devoted 20 years to patient-oriented research into the neurobiology, neuropharmacology, and genetics of stimulant, including both cocaine and methamphetamine, addiction. His research has applied numerous clinical-translational approaches, including stimulant administration (cocaine, methylphenidate, and amphetamine), medications development (e.g., modafinil), drug-drug interaction (e.g., disulfiram-cocaine), human genetic, brain activation (e.g., fMRI), and neurochemical brain imaging (e.g., SPECT/PET) methods. His group has applied these techniques to studies of the regulation of stimulant self-administration behavior, drug-induced neuroplasticity, and individual (including genetic) differences in vulnerability to stimulant effects. He is Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and Program Director / Principal Investigator of three NIH-funded research training programs, including the Clinical Neuroscience Research Training Program in Psychiatry.

Education & Training

MD Yale University (1987)
BA Williams College, Chemistry (1982)
Fellow University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Resident Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • Top Doctors, Addiction PsychiatryCastle Connelly (2015)

  • Teacher of the YearYale Psychiatry Residents Association (PRA) (2015)


  • Genetic study of methamphetamine dependence Bangkok, Thailand; Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

    Genetic study of methamphetamine dependence

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Contact Info

Robert Malison, MD, BA
Mailing Address
Psychiatry34 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06519

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