Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry; Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV, Human Research Protections Program

Departments & Organizations

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

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction.

Education & Training

PhD Purdue University (1992)
Postdoctoral fellowship Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis

Honors & Recognition

  • Young Investigator AwardSociety for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (1997)

Professional Service

  • (2014 - 2016) Member, Board of Trustees, CT Tobacco and Health Trust Fund

  • (2014 - 2015) Journal Editorial Board

  • Surgeon General’s Report “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People”. (2012 - Present) Health effects of smoking on children, adolescents, and young adults

  • Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Report “Scientific Standards for Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco Products (2012 - Present) Ethics and Oversight of Research Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco Products

  • Alcoholism: Clinical Experimental Research (2011 - 2015) Journal Editorial Board

  • Addiction (2010 - 2015) Journal Editorial Board

  • American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Editorial Board (2009 - 2015) Journal Editorial Board

  • Yale School of Medicine Human Investigations Committee (2008 - 2012) Vice Chair

  • Yale School of Medicine Admissions Committee (2008 - 2011) Member

  • James and Esther King Biomedical research program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research program, Florida Department of Health (2007 - 2012) Member

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health Tobacco Settlement Fund Reviews. (2006 - 2012) Member

  • Yale School of Medicine Human Investigations Committee (2003 - 2012) Member

  • California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program Committee (2003 - 2005) Member

  • NIH study sections (2002 - 2012) Member

  • NIAAA Alcohol Clinical and Treatment Review Committee (2002 - 2006) Member

  • Departmental Protcol Review Committee (1999 - 2002) Member


  • Developing smoking cessation interventions for adolescent smokers Amsterdam, Netherlands (2011 - 2013)

    To develop and examine the use of computer based retraining of implicit tobacco approach tendencies for smoking cessation in adolescent smokers when combined with clinician provided CBT for treating tobacco dependence.

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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