Ronald Duman, PhD

Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center | Division of Molecular Psychiatry | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program | VA National Center for PTSD | VA-Yale Clinical Neurosciences PTSD Research Program

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience: Neural Disorders

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Duman received his doctorate degree from the University

of Texas in Houston and conducted postgraduate work at Yale University before

joining the faculty there. He has written and/or co-authored over 300 original

papers, reviews and book chapters, and has presented over 250 invited lectures.

Dr. Duman is also on the editorial board of several prestigious journals and

serves as a consultant for a number of biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Duman has received several awards for his work, including the Anna-Monika Prize, Nola Maddox Falcone Prize, Janssen Prize, NIMH MERIT Award, and a NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award

Studies from Dr. Duman’s laboratory have contributed to characterization of the molecular and cellular actions of stress, depression, and antidepressant treatments, providing the basis for a neurotrophic and synaptic hypothesis of depression. He has also studied the role of the innate immune system in the pathophysiology and treatment of depression. These findings represent major advances in our understanding of the effects of antidepressants and provide a framework for the development of novel therapeutic agents.

Education & Training

PhD University of Texas (1984)
Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow University of Texas, Houston

Honors & Recognition

  • Elected to the National Academy of MedicineNational Academy of Medicine (2016)

  • Congress of International Neuropsychopharmacology Research AwardCINP (2006)

  • Dr. Paul Janssen Prize for PsychopharmacologyJanssen Pharmaceutical Company (2003)

  • NARSAD-Nola Maddox Falcone PrizeNARSAD (2002)

  • Anna-Monika Award for outstanding research in depressionAnna-Monika Foundation (2001)


  • Molecular Mechanisms of Stress & Antidepressants Japan (2008)

    Ronald Duman is collaborating with a number of Japanese researchers to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the actions of stress and antidepressants.

  • Neurotrophic Factors and Antidepressants India (2008)

    Professor Duman collaborates with a former student on the emphasis on the influence of early postnatal stress and the long-term effects of such stress on the adult animal. This focuses on interests in antidepressants and identifying mechanisms for developing better therapeutic agents. One of the...

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