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Chiang-Shan Ray Li, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

Contact Information

Chiang-Shan Ray Li, MD, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    CMHC S112, 34 Park Street

    New Haven, CT 06519

    United States

Research Summary

Our research focuses on combining psychophysics, neural imaging, and computation to understand how brain works at the systems level. In particular, we are interested in the neural processes of cognitive control and how deficits in these processes may contribute to the pathogenesis of substance use disorders and other psychiatric and neurological conditions. Our research also examines the neurochemical basis of cognition. We employ pharmacological manipulation and resting state as well task-based brain imaging to examine the catecholaminergic and cholinergic circuits of importance to neuropsychiatric illnesses. We collaborate widely with investigators in basic and clinical neuroscience on and off campus.

Specialized Terms: Systems neuroscience; Psychophysics; Neural imaging; Cognitive control; Addiction; Psychostimulant; Alcohol; Anxiety disorders; Alzheimer's Disease, ADHD


Research Interests

Alcohols; Anatomy; Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Disorders; Biological Therapy; Central Nervous System; Nervous System; Nervous System Diseases; Psychological Phenomena; Therapeutics; Behavior Control; Research Subjects; Drug Users; Diseases; Chemicals and Drugs; Psychiatry and Psychology

Selected Publications

Clinical Trials

ConditionsStudy Title
Alcohol Addiction; Mental Health & Behavioral ResearchBrain Imaging Research Study
Diseases of the Nervous System; Mental Health & Behavioral ResearchBiomarkers of Clinical Subtype and Treatment Response in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder