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Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry; Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV, Human Research Protections Program

Contact Information

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    Connecticut Mental Health Center, 34 Park Street

    New Haven, CT, 06519

    United States



Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is also a Chair of the Human Investigations Committee (IRB) at Yale. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also served as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction. She is also the President-elect for the Society of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Purdue University (1992)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship
    Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis


  • Developing smoking cessation interventions for adolescent smokers
    Amsterdam, Netherlands (2011-2013)
    To develop and examine the use of computer based retraining of implicit tobacco approach tendencies for smoking cessation in adolescent smokers when combined with clinician provided CBT for treating tobacco dependence.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Young Investigator AwardSociety for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco1997

Professional Service

Member, Board of Trustees, CT Tobacco and Health Trust Fund2014 - 2016
Journal Editorial Board2014 - 2015
Surgeon General’s Report “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People”.Health effects of smoking on children, adolescents, and young adults2012 - Present
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Report “Scientific Standards for Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco ProductsEthics and Oversight of Research Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco Products2012 - Present
Alcoholism: Clinical Experimental ResearchJournal Editorial Board2011 - 2015
AddictionJournal Editorial Board2010 - 2015
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Editorial BoardJournal Editorial Board2009 - 2015
Yale School of Medicine Human Investigations CommitteeVice Chair2008 - 2012
Yale School of Medicine Admissions CommitteeMember2008 - 2011
James and Esther King Biomedical research program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research program, Florida Department of HealthMember2007 - 2012
Pennsylvania Department of Health Tobacco Settlement Fund Reviews.Member2006 - 2012
Yale School of Medicine Human Investigations CommitteeMember2003 - 2012
California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program CommitteeMember2003 - 2005
NIH study sectionsMember2002 - 2012
NIAAA Alcohol Clinical and Treatment Review CommitteeMember2002 - 2006
Departmental Protcol Review CommitteeMember1999 - 2002

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