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Anahita Bassir Nia

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Anahita Bassir Nia



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)


  • 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
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
American Psychiatric Association (APA) Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators (2017)American Psychiatric Association (APA), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)2017
Fellowship to attend the 2017 ASCP Workshop on Clinical TrialsAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and the Zucker Hillside Hospital.2017
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) fellow 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
Mount Sinai Beth Israel (MSBI) Annual Essay Contest for Residents and FellowsMount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine, NY2016
Chief Residency for Research (2015)Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine, NY2015

Professional Service

American Academy of Addiction PsychiatryCannabis Interest Committee2019 - Present
College on Problems of Drug DependencePublication Committee2018 - Present
IRBMember2018 - Present
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)CME/Meeting Committee and Program Committee2017 - Present

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