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Marc Potenza, PhD, MD

Steven M. Southwick Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience; Director, Center of Excellence in Gambling Research; Director, Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders; Director, Women and Addictive Disorders, Women's Health Research at Yale

Contact Information

Marc Potenza, PhD, MD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    I Church Street, 7th floor

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States



Dr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training and certification in addiction psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University receiving a combined BS/MS with Honors in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and a PhD in Cell Biology, the latter concurrent with the MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed internship, psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is Director of the Division on Addictions Research at Yale, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, the Yale Research Program on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders, and the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research at Yale. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. He is on the editorial boards of fifteen journals (including editor-in-chief of Current Addiction Reports) and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care. He has consulted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Effective Programs, National Institutes of Health, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization on matters of addiction.

Education & Training

  • Addiction Psychiatry Fellow
    Yale (1999)
  • Resident
    Yale (1998)
  • MD
    Yale University School of Medicine (1994)
  • PhD
    Yale University (1993)


  • Gambling
    Canada 2008
    Dr. Potenza is involved in a think-tank and work group through McGill University in Montreal focusing on adolescent gambling.
  • Pathological Gambling
    Spain 2008
    Dr. Potenza is engaged in a multicenter trial for treatment of pathological gambling at Ramon y Cajal Hospital, University of Alcala, Madrid.

Honors & Recognition

Doctor et Professor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate and Professor in Psychological Science), Eötvös Loránd University2019
Phoenix Award for Achievement in Addiction Research, the Green Crescent Society2018
Research Award, Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health2017
Lifetime Research Award, the National Council on Problem Gambling2016

Departments & Organizations