Robert H. Pietrzak PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory, Clinical Neurosciences Division, National Center for PTSD

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: VA-Yale Clinical Neurosciences PTSD Research Program | Psychology Section

Research Interests

Epidemiology of trauma-related disorders; Resilience; Dimensional models of psychopathology; Stress and cognition; Translational psychiatric epidemiology; Geriatric mental health more...


  • B.A., Clark University, 2001
  • M.P.H., University of Connecticut, 2003
  • Ph.D. Clin, University of Connecticut, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Pietrzak, R. H., Huang, Y., Corsi-Travali, S., Zheng, M., Lin, S., Henry, S., Potenza, M. N., Piomelli, D., Carson, R. E., & Neumeister, A. (2014). Cannabinoid type 1 receptor availability in the amygdala mediates threat processing in trauma survivors. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 2519-2528.
  • Pietrzak, R. H., Gallezot, J. D., Ding, Y. S., Henry, S., Potenza, M. N., Southwick, S. M., Krystal, J .H., Carson, R. E., & Neumeister, A. (2013). Association of posttraumatic stress disorder with reduced in vivo norepinephrine transporter density in the locus coeruleus. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 1199-1205.
  • Pietrzak, R. H., Scott, J. C., Neumeister, A., Lim, Y. Y., Ames, D., Ellis, K. A., Harrington, K., Lautenschlager, N .T., Szoeke, C., Martins, R. N., Masters, C. L., Villemagne, V. L., Rowe, C. C., & Maruff, P. for the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers, and Lifestyle (AIBL) Group. (2014). Anxiety symptoms, cerebral amyloid burden and memory decline in healthy older adults without dementia: 3-year prospective cohort study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 204, 400-401.



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