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Robert F. Leeman, PhD

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Robert F. Leeman, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    34 Park Street, S200

    New Haven, CT, 06519

    United States


Robert F. Leeman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and a Research Scientist with the VA VISN1 MIRECC. His primary research interest is in relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and cocaine/opioid co-use. He has particular interests in impaired control over alcohol use, disinhibition/impulsivity and cognitive biases. Much of Dr. Leeman's research concerns young adult addictive behaviors and he has made use of human laboratory, survey and clinical trial methods.

Dr. Leeman joined the faculty at Yale in 2007 after having completed a NIDA post-doctoral fellowship, also in the Yale Psychiatry Department. He joined the VA MIRECC as a Research Scientist in 2012. Dr. Leeman received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a B.A. in Psychology and Screen Studies from Clark University in 1998.

Dr. Leeman was awarded a K01 from NIAAA in 2010, a grant from the ABMRF/the Foundation for Alcohol Research in 2012 and was a recipient of a clinical research loan repayment award from NIAAA from 2006-2012. He held an F31 individual, predoctoral National Research Recognition Award from NIAAA from 2003-2005 and was a 2006 recipient of an Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism, in addition to several other travel and young investigator awards.

Education & Training

  • NIDA Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine (2007)
  • PhD
    University of Pennsylvania (2005)
  • BA
    Clark University (1998)


  • Analyses of Finnish Twin Study data
    Finland 2013
    I am about to begin a project to test impulsivity, perceived parental permissiveness and job status as predictors of addictive behaviors among adolescents and young adults using Finnish Twin Study data
  • Collaboration with Dr. Reinout Wiers and colleagues
    Netherlands 2012
    We are testing a novel cognitive bias modification procedure with the ultimate goal of reducing alcohol use among frequent heavy drinking young adults
  • International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases (ISPTID)
    Germany (2010-2011)
    Executive Committee member and Conference Secretariat
  • South African Medical Research Council
    South Africa 2010
    Ad hoc grant reviewer
  • Netherlands National Initiative Brain and Cognition
    Netherlands 2010
    Ad hoc grant reviewer

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NCDEU New Investigator AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology2013
Junior, then Senior ScholarAlcohol Medical Scholars Program (Director: Marc Schuckit, M.D.)2013
Early Career Reviewer ProgramNIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR)2012
GrantAlcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF)2012
Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01 AA019694)NIH/NIAAA2010
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program, initial contract (2006) and competitive renewals (2008 and 2010)NIH2006
Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award (postdoctoral, psychosocial)Research Society on Alcoholism2006

Professional Service

Member2013 - Present
APA Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50)Moderator2013 - Present
Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)Helped to select presentations and symposia for annual meeting2012 - 2013
Physician Associate ProgramAdvised a Physician Associate student on Master of Medical Science thesis. The thesis was in the form of a research proposal concerning an extension of a brief, web-based alcohol reduction intervention to undergraduate students in the United States.2011 - 2012
Member2011 - Present
Reviewer2011 - Present
Member2011 - Present

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