Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry; Vice-Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV

Research Interests

Adolescent Psychiatry; Alcohol Drinking; Behavioral Medicine; Marijuana Smoking; Nicotine; Psychotherapy; Tobacco; Chemicals and Drugs; Psychiatry and Psychology; Health Care

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Addictions, Division of | Center for Nicotine and Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY) | Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center | Substance Abuse Research | Tobacco Research in Youth (TRY) | Women's Behavioral Health Research, Division of

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

My research is focused on developing a biobehavioral understanding of the underpinnings of alcohol, tobacco (nicotine) and marijuana use, in adolescent and adult populations, and developing new pharmacological and behavioral interventions to reduce and prevent use of these substances. My more recent work has focused on developing scientific evidence to support national and international tobacco regulatory efforts.

Specialized Terms: Substance use; Alcohol; Tobacco; Marijuana; Adolescent; Developmental; Prevention; Cessation; Biobehavioral

Extensive Research Description

  • To develop novel high school based tobacco cessation and prevention interventions for adolescent smokers using behavioral techniques and pharmacotherapy.
  • To develop empirical scientific evidence to support national and international tobacco regulatory efforts.
  • To understand the role of flavors in tobacco/nicotine addiction
  • To develop novel marijuana prevention and cessation programs for adolescents
  • To use a developmental perspective, and behavioral and neuroimaging methods, to understand the prevalence and biobehavioral underpinnings of high risk behaviors, including substance use, among adolescents.
  • To examine the effects of glutamatergic and opiodergic agents on alcohol drinking behaviors including craving.

Selected Publications

Full List of PubMed Publications

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Contact Info

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD
Mailing Address
PsychiatryConnecticut Mental Health Center
34 Park Street

New Haven, CT 06519

Tobacco Research in Youth