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Rajita Sinha, PhD

Director

Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience

Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center

Chief, Psychology Section in Psychiatry

Co-director of Education, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Rajita Sinha, Ph.D. is the Foundations Fund Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University and also Professor of Neurobiology and Child Study. She is Chief of the Psychology section in Psychiatry and Co-Director of Education at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (the Yale Clinical Translational Science Award). She is the Founding Director of the Yale Stress Center, a university-wide center that focuses on understanding the effects of stress on emotions, mood and behavior,...

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Ather Ali, ND, MPH, MHS

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Medicine (General Medicine)

Director, Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic

Medical Director of Integrative Medicine, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Dr. Ali is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Medicine (General Medicine) at the Yale School of Medicine and is Director of the Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic, and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

His clinical practice focuses on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, including non-pharmacologic approaches to pain and functional somatic syndromes.

He is principal investigator of clinical and...

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Sara Blaine

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Blaine is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Her PhD is in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology. Her research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underpinning the development of alcohol use disorders and stress –related psychopathology.

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Anne Dutton

MA, LMSW, RYT

Anne Dutton is an integrative mental health clinician, mindfulness and meditation instructor, yoga teacher, translator and published scholar. She holds a Master’s degrees in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and Buddhist Studies from Yale University. At the Yale Stress Center she teaches the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and provides individual coaching in meditation and mindfulness-based therapeutic yoga. She is also a psychotherapist at the Branford Counseling...

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Helen Fox, PhD

Dr Helen Fox began her doctoral career examining the cognitive neuropsychological profiles of ecstasy club drug users while at the University of East London under the supervision of Drs Andy Parrott and John Turner. She then came to Yale as a post doctoral fellow, where she worked with Dr Rajita Sinha establishing cognitive, neuroendocrine and biophysiological mechanisms underpinning drug craving and drug use in cocaine dependent and alcohol dependent individuals. She obtained a K-01 career...

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Rachel Louise Hart, MS, LADC

Counselor for Addiction (Substance Use Disorder)

Ms Hart has been working in the substance abuse field for over 20 years and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling. She has conducted clinical research in addiction and also providing direct clinical services to treat addiction and co-morbid psychological problems. In addition, she has extensive expertise in Yoga and utilizes an integrated mind body approach providing combined yoga and psychotherapy services

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Gretchen Hermes, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Gretchen Hermes completed her MD/PhD on pre-clinical stress-diathesis models of social neglect at the University of Chicago with Martha K. McClintock, a pioneer in the field of social neuroscience. These models of psychopathology (schizophrenia, depression) laid the foundation for her current research on molecular mechanisms that protect against the pathophysiological changes underlying abnormal brain development. This work, through the Section of Comparative Medicine and with Dr. Tamas...

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Ania Magdalena Jastreboff, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Dr. Jastreboff is an adult and pediatric endocrinologist at Yale School of Medicine with expertise in obesity medicine and weight management. Additionally, she cares for patients with prediabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jastreboff is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Pediatric Endocrinology, and Obesity Medicine.

She completed her PhD at Yale University's Investigative Medicine Program focused on...

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Mary Kurjanowicz

Mary Kurjanowicz, graduated from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. She worked as a certified critical care nurse for 20 years, mostly at Community General Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. Mary continued her career in rehabilitative nursing in both the home care and acute care settings. She is additionally a Pennsylvania Certified CNA Instructor. Mary joined the staff of Yale Stress Center when she moved to Connecticut in 2010. She is a member of the American Association of Nurses.

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Verica Milivojevic, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Dr. Milivojevic is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale Stress Center. She received her PhD training at the Alcohol Research Center at the University of Connecticut prior to joining the Yale Stress Center. Her research interests include novel treatments for addiction, particularly gender-specific targets to decrease the stress effects in addiction, and the role of sex hormone derived neuroactive steroids in decreasing addiction relapse risk.

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Xoli Redmond

Clinician

Psychologist

Dr. Xoli Redmond came to Yale School of Medicine as a predoctoral fellow and continued his postdoctoral training through the Department of Psychiatry at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of CMHC. Dr. Redmond specializes in mindfulness-based and cognitive therapeutic approaches specifically focusing on domains such as acceptance, compassion, truth, and awakening. He is a trained meditation instructor with significant experience in insight-based and non-dual meditative practices. He is currently...

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Mary Savoye, RD

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Associate Director, Pediatric Obesity & Bright Bodies Weight Management Program for Children

Mary Savoye-DeSanti, RD, CD-N, CDE is a leading authority in the fields of obesity and diabetes in her clinical and research capacity at Yale University. She is the associate director of pediatric obesity at the School of Medicine and clinical dietitian at the Yale Stress Center. With 20 years of experience, she has published several research articles and chapters in textbooks. She has recently published the 1 Thing “Diet”: It doesn’t Get Any Simpler. In addition to this stress-free approach to...

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Dongju Seo, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Seo received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus in 2008. She is interested in conducting interdisciplinary research to understand the etiology of stress-related clinical disorders and facilitate the development of effective treatment strategies for stress-related diseases.

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Matthew Stults, ACSM-HFS

Clinical staff/faculty, Yale Stress Center

Kinesiology researcher in psychiatry specializing in stress and physical activity interactions.



Coordinator of SOAR Weight Management Program for the Yale Stress Center.



Clinical faculty conducting fitness assessments and physical activity monitoring and counseling.

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Ke Xu, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Amy F. T. Arnsten, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology

Member, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience at Yale University

Dr. Arnsten was raised in Maplewood, N.J. where she attended Columbia High School. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1976, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSD in 1981. She did post-doctoral research with Dr. Susan Iversen at Cambridge University in the UK, and with Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic at Yale. Dr. Arnsten's research examines the neural basis of higher cognition. Her work has revealed that the newly evolved cortical circuits that underlie higher cognition...

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Sara Blaine

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Blaine is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Her PhD is in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology. Her research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underpinning the development of alcohol use disorders and stress –related psychopathology.

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Hilary Blumberg, MD

John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry, and in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Director, Mood Disorders Research Program

Dr. Hilary Patricia Blumberg is the John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry, Diagnostic Radiology and in the Child Center, and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program, at the Yale School of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude in neuroscience from Harvard University and completed her medical degree, psychiatry training and specialty training in brain scanning research at Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Blumberg’s research is devoted...

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Sonia Caprio, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

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Tara Chaplin, Ph. D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Tara Chaplin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and a licensed clinical psychologist. She received a Ph.D. in Child-Clinical psychology in 2003 from Penn State University. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania from 2003-2006. Following this, she moved to Yale University, where she completed one year as a post-doctoral associate and two years as an Associate Research Scientist from 2006-2009. In 2009, Dr. Chaplin was promoted...

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Todd Constable, PhD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Neurosurgery

Director MRI Research

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Ralph Joseph DiLeone, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience

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Carlos M Grilo, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology

Director, Program for Obesity Weight and Eating Research (POWER)

Carlos M. Grilo, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Dr. Grilo is the Founding Director of the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research (POWER) at the Yale University School of Medicine and serves as Senior Scientist for the National Center for Substance Abuse and Addictions at Yale. Dr. Grilo completed his undergraduate education at Brown University (1983) and received his PhD in clinical psychology...

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Rachel J. Lampert, MD

Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

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Daeyeol Lee, PhD

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry

Daeyeol Lee is a professor of neuroscience and of psychology at Yale University and the director of Yale laboratory of cognition and decision making. Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seoul National University in Korea and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then received a postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the University of Minnesota. His current research focuses on the brain mechanisms of decision making, in...

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Linda C Mayes, MD

Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center

Director, Yale Child Study Center

Special Advisor, Dean

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Sherry McKee, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Yale Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory

Clinical Director, FORDD Addiction Clinic

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Verica Milivojevic, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Dr. Milivojevic is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale Stress Center. She received her PhD training at the Alcohol Research Center at the University of Connecticut prior to joining the Yale Stress Center. Her research interests include novel treatments for addiction, particularly gender-specific targets to decrease the stress effects in addiction, and the role of sex hormone derived neuroactive steroids in decreasing addiction relapse risk.

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Marc N Potenza, PhD, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience

Director, Center of Excellence in Gambling Research

Director, Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders

Director, Women and Addictive Disorders, Women's Health Research at Yale



Dr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist
with sub-specialty training and certification in addiction psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University receiving
a combined BS/MS with Honors in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and a PhD
in Cell Biology, the latter concurrent with the MD through the Medical
Scientist Training Program. He
completed internship, psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship
training at Yale. Currently, he is
a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and...

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Robert Stanley Sherwin, MD

C. N. H. Long Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Section Chief, Endocrinology

Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences

Director, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Director, Yale Diabetes Research Center

Robert S. Sherwin. MD is the C.N.H. Professor of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1967. After his residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital (N Y), he served as a research fellow in metabolism and diabetes at the National Institutes of Health. In 1972 Dr Sherwin moved to Yale University School of Medicine where he was a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently...

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Wendy K Silverman, PhD, ABPP

Alfred A. Messer Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology

Director, Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders

Dr. Wendy Silverman is the Alfred A. Messer Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of the Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Silverman has published many scientific papers and chapters in the area of child and adolescent anxiety disorders including five books. She has been the principal investigator of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) research grants to develop and evaluate treatments for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents for the past two...

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Jody L. Sindelar, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Professor of Economics, and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Executive Committee, ISPS

Research Associate, NBER

Dr. Jody Sindelar is a Professor of Public Health and Economics at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM), and at the Yale University Department of Economics. In addition, sheis a Research Associate at the National Bureau Economic Research (NBER), Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Associated Faculty at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale, Bing Visiting faculty at Rand Corporation in Santa Monica,...

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Dana Small, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychology

Deputy Director and Fellow, The John B Pierce Laboratory

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Mehmet Sofuoglu, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Director of VA New England Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

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Robert Soufer, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Vice Chair for Clinical Reseach, Department of Internal Medicine

Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine VACT Healthcare Systems

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Jane Rebecca Taylor, PhD

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology

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Jacob Kraemer Tebes, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry

Director, The Consultation Center

Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center

Program Director, NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention

Jacob Kraemer Tebes is Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center, and in Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Executive Director of The Consultation Center. Dr. Tebes also serves as Chief Psychologist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Community Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from...

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Ke Xu, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Heping Zhang, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Biostatistics, Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Statistics and Data Science

Dr. Zhang published over 250 research articles and monographs in theory and applications of statistical methods and in several areas of biomedical research including epidemiology, genetics, child and women health, mental health, substance use, and reproductive medicine. He directed a training program in mental health research that was funded by the NIMH. He directs the Collaborative Center for Statistics in Science that coordinates the Reproductive Medicine Network to evaluate treatment...

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