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Anahita Bassir Nia, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Assistant Director for Training and Education for CNRU, Psychiatry; Assistant Clinical Unit Chief for CNRU, Psychiatry

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Anahita Bassir Nia, MD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    34 Park St., #333B

    NEW HAVEN, CT 06519

    United States



Anahita Bassir Nia, MD, joined Yale School of Medicine in July 2018 as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, after completing her psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and her addiction psychiatry fellowship-academic track at Mount Sinai West, Icahn School of Medicine, New York.

Her research interests are, mainly, in translational research on addiction and mental health disorders. She is particularly interested in the biological effects of acute and chronic stress on developing substance use disorders, as well as, the effects of substance use on stress response and psychiatric symptoms. More recently, she has been focused on the use of cannabinoids (partial and full agonists) and endocannabinoid system dysregulations in relation to childhood trauma and substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorder.

Education & Training

  • Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship- Academic Track
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai West (2018)
  • Psychiatry Residency
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (2016)


  • Sex Differences In The Acute Effects Of Intravenous (IV) Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
    New Orleans, United States 2022
  • - Differential effects of childhood vs. adulthood trauma in cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) availability in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A review of literature and pilot positron emission tomography (PET) study
    SOBP annual meeting 2021
  • Ask the Expert
    Invited moderator. “Ask the Expert” with Diana Martinez 2021
  • Endocannabinoid system and substance use disorders.
    Mount Sinai Addiction Psychiatry didactics for addiction psychiatry fellows 2021
  • High rates of childhood and lifetime trauma and chronic stress in cannabis users, and the related sex/gender differences
    CPDD annual meeting 2020
  • My brain seeking reward: Neuroscience applications in clinical practice
    This was a workshop on how to use neuroscience knowledge of addiction in clinical practice. 2020
  • Higher levels of Anandamide in positive history of trauma and higher levels of 2AG in PTSD, in individuals with acute psychosis.
    Orlando, United States 2019
  • History of Trauma Associates with Longer Lifetime Cannabis Use and Lower Anandamide Levels in Individuals with Psychosis
    San Antonio, United States 2019
  • Cannabis Use and Endocannabinoid System Alterations in Individuals with History of Trauma and PTSD
    San Diego, United States 2019
  • Emerging Addiction Science Workshop
    New York, United States 2018

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Mentorship awardResearch in Addiction Medicine Scholars (RAMS) Program2021
Travel awardCollege on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)2020
New Investigator Award (NIA)American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)2020
Career Development Award (K12)NIDA2019
Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars (RAMS) Program fellowship award (2016)Boston University School of Medicine, supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)2017
Junior Investigators AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association (APA), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)2017
Travel AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and the Zucker Hillside Hospital.2017
Travel awardAmerican Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)2016
Cynthia Horner Award for Outstanding Achievement for ResearchDepartment of psychiatry and behavioral Sciences, Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI), Icahn School of Medicine, NY2016
Annual Essay Contest for Residents and FellowsMount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine, NY2016
Travel AwardIcahn School of Medicine2016
Chief Residency for Research (2015)Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine, NY2015

Professional Service

NIHPathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section2021
Scientific Advisory Board, Synendos TherapeuticsBoard Member2021 - Present
Comprehensive PsychiatryReviewer2021 - Present
Journal of Addiction MedicineReviewer2021 - Present
Journal of Behavioral AddictionReviewer2021 - Present
College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)Human Research Committee: to identify issues relating to clinical research in the drug abuse field and recommend actions to the Board of Directors.2021 - Present
Frontiers in PsychiatryEditorial Board Member2020 - Present
Addiction BiologyReviewer2020 - Present
American Journal on Addictions,Reviewer2020 - Present
Frontier in PsychiatryReviewer2020 - Present
Journal of PsychopharamcologyReviewer2020 - Present
Journal of Psychosomatic ResearchReviewer2020 - Present
Journal of Substance Abuse TreatmentReviewer2020 - Present
Pain ReportsReviewer2020 - Present
PsychoneuroendocrinologyReviewer2020 - Present
PsychosomaticsReviewer2020 - Present
American Academy of Addiction PsychiatryCannabis Interest Committee2019 - Present
Frontiers in Public HealthReviewer2019 - Present
College on Problems of Drug DependencePublication Committee2018 - Present
IRBMember2018 - Present
BMC PsychiatryReviewer2018 - Present
Psychiatry ResearchReviewer2018 - Present
General Hospital PsychiatryReviewer2018 - Present
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)CME/Meeting Committee and Program Committee2017 - Present
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)ASCP Annual Meeting Program Committee: Responsible for reviewing all program submissions for the ASCP Annual Meeting2017 - Present

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