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Nii Addy, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Nii Addy, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    34 Park St, CMHC

    New Haven, CT, 06520

    United States



Nii Addy is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Cellular and Molecular Physiology. He received his B.S. in Biology from Duke University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University. Dr. Addy directs a federally funded research program investigating the neurobiological bases of substance abuse, depression and anxiety. Dr. Addy’s team also studies the ability of tobacco product flavor additives to alter nicotine use behavior and addiction. In addition to his laboratory research, Dr. Addy has built unique partnerships between scientists, clinicians, churches, faith leaders, entertainers, professional athletes, and community groups to address issues at the intersection of mental health, faith, culture and neuroscience. As a speaker at Veritas Forums, and as a host of Town Hall community events, he encourages and equips audiences to embrace the use of holistic, integrated tools to address mental health challenges. He has collaborated with Lecrae (Grammy Award-winning artist and NY Times Best Seller), Doug Middleton (Jacksonville Jaguars/ Dream the Impossible Initiative), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Every Nation Church NYC, Yale Well, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Salvation Army, the American Bible Society and others. His research and community work have been featured by National Public Radio (NPR), Newsday, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), The Source Magazine, Chuck Norris, BoldTV, Legitimate Matters, and Relevant Magazine. He has presented scientific lectures at universities throughout the United States and Europe, and he serves on the Board of Trustees for The Carver Project, aimed at empowering and connecting individuals across university, church and society. 

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University (2007)
  • BS
    Duke University (2000)

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