Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory, Clinical Neurosciences Division, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Division of Mental Health Services | Psychology Section | VA-Yale Clinical Neurosciences PTSD Research Program

School of Public Health

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Robert H. Pietrzak completed a B.A. in Psychology at Clark University, and M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Pietrzak is Director of the Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory in the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) at Yale School of Public Health. His primary research interests include the epidemiology of traumatic stress and resilience across the lifespan; dimensional models of stress-related psychopathology; and the effect of stress on cognition.

Education & Training

PhD University of Connecticut (2008)
MPH University of Connecticut, Epidemiology (2003)
BA Clark University, Psychology and Neuroscience (2001)
Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Internship in Clinical Psychology VA Connecticut Healthcare System-West Haven

Honors & Recognition

  • Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical NeuropsychologyNational Academy of Neuropsychology (2016)

  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career PsychologistAmerican Psychological Association, Division of Trauma Psychology (2015)

  • Certificate of AppreciationUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs (2013)

  • Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional AwardInternational Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2012)

  • Career Development AwardAnxiety Disorders Association of America (2010)

  • Outstanding Student of Psychology AwardConnecticut Psychological Association (2006)

  • Patrick H. DeLeon Prize for Outstanding Student Contribution to the Advancement of PharmacotherapyAmerican Psychological Association, Division 55, American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (2005, 2006, 2008)

  • National Council on Problem Gambling Master’s Thesis AwardNational Council on Problem Gambling (2004)

  • Mulvihill MedalGraduate Program in Public Health, University of Connecticut (2004)

  • Durand Jacobs AwardMcGill University (2003)

Professional Service

  • PLoS One (2018 - Present) Editorial Board

  • Journal of Anxiety Disorders (2015 - Present) Editorial Board

  • Psychological Injury and Law (2014 - Present) Editorial Board

  • Advancing the Science or Education, Training, and Practice in Trauma: Developing the New Haven Model (2013) Delegate

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2013) Committee Member

  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America (2010 - 2012) Committee Member

  • American Psychological Association, Division 55 – American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (2008 - 2009) Representative

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Contact Info

Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH
Mailing Address
PsychiatryNational Center for PTSD
VA Connecticut Healthcare System

West Haven, CT 06516