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Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH

Professor of Psychiatry and of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory, Clinical Neurosciences Division, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

Contact Information

Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    National Center for PTSD, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

    West Haven, CT 06516

    United States



Robert H. Pietrzak completed a B.A. in Psychology at Clark University, and M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Pietrzak is Director of the Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory in the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) at Yale School of Public Health. His primary research interests include the psychosocial and genetic epidemiology of traumatic stress and resilience across the lifespan; dimensional models of stress-related psychopathology; and the effect of stress on cognition.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology
    Gaylord Specialty Healthcare (2010)
  • PhD
    University of Connecticut (2008)
  • Internship in Clinical Psychology
    VA Connecticut Healthcare System-West Haven (2008)
  • MPH
    University of Connecticut, Epidemiology (2003)
  • BA
    Clark University, Psychology and Neuroscience (2001)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association2022
2022 Paul Wender Best Paper AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology2022
Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical NeuropsychologyNational Academy of Neuropsychology2016
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Psychology by an Early Career PsychologistAmerican Psychological Association, Division of Trauma Psychology2015
Certificate of AppreciationUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs2013
Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional AwardInternational Society for Traumatic Stress Studies2012
Career Development AwardAnxiety Disorders Association of America2010
Outstanding Student of Psychology AwardConnecticut Psychological Association2006
Patrick H. DeLeon Prize for Outstanding Student Contribution to the Advancement of PharmacotherapyAmerican Psychological Association, Division 55, American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy2005, 2006, 2008
National Council on Problem Gambling Master’s Thesis AwardNational Council on Problem Gambling2004
Mulvihill MedalGraduate Program in Public Health, University of Connecticut2004
Durand Jacobs AwardMcGill University2003

Professional Service

PLoS OneEditorial Board2018 - Present
Journal of Anxiety DisordersEditorial Board2015 - Present
Psychological Injury and LawEditorial Board2014 - Present
Advancing the Science or Education, Training, and Practice in Trauma: Developing the New Haven ModelDelegate2013
International Society for Traumatic Stress StudiesCommittee Member2013
Anxiety Disorders Association of AmericaCommittee Member2010 - 2012
American Psychological Association, Division 55 – American Society for the Advancement of PharmacotherapyRepresentative2008 - 2009

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