Gustavo Angarita-Africano, MD

Associate Research Scientist; Inpatient Chief of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU), Psychiatry; Medical Director, Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic (ForDD)

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP)

PET Radioligand Development for Mental Health (PRDMH)

Yale Medicine


Experiencing the impact of the cocaine epidemic in my native Colombia led me to pursue a career dedicated to the improved understanding and treatment of cocaine addiction. Since completing Clinical Training and becoming U.S Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addictions Psychiatry in 2012, I have developed academic interest in the regulation of cocaine self-administration in humans, the validation of Remote Wireless Sensor Network (RWSN) technology for detecting cocaine use, and the role of cocaine-induced deficits in sleep in the putative therapeutic effects of the atypical stimulant, modafinil. Currently; my main career interests lie in the development of neurobiologically informed medication treatments for cocaine dependence, such as the ones based on homeostatic changes on the glutamatergic pathways. As an Assistant Chief of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) of the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), I provide care for the patients who are admitted on our floor in order to participate in research studies or in order to receive treatment for the psychiatric conditions afflicting them. This setting fosters collaboration with other clinicians, researchers, as well as teaching of Medical Students and Psychiatry Residents

Education & Training

MHS Yale University School of Medicine (2017)
MD Universidad Militar Nueva Granada (2002)
Resident in Adult Psychiatry Yale University School of Medicine
Clinical and Research Fellow in Addictions Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
Research Fellowship in Addictions Harvard Medical School
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (2011)
Board Certification AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Addiction Psychiatry (2012)

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