Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

Clinical Neurosciences Division and Staff


Clinical Neurosciences Division and Staff

The Clinical Neurosciences Division is located in West Haven, CT. The Division includes several laboratories specializing in research focused on the physical basis of how the brain receives and processes traumatic stress, including neurobiology, brain imaging, genetic epidemiology, resilience, and pharmacotherapy.

Read about research taking place at this Division or about the Center's education initiatives.

If you would like to speak to a member of our research team for additional information about ongoing research, we invite you to call our recruitment line at (203) 479-8170.

National Center faculty is active in training programs at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. See Positions Available for internship and fellowship opportunities that are offered at each Division site.

Contact Information for Clinical Neurosciences Division
National Center for PTSD
Clinical Neurosciences Division Psychiatry Service (116A)
VA Medical Center
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 932-5711, ext 2464
Fax: (203) 937-3481


Name Position Phone Ext. Email
John H. Krystal, MD Director 203-932-5711 4790 email
Steven Southwick, MD Deputy Director (203) 932-5711 2464 email

Operations Staff

Name Position Phone Ext. Email
Kim Bellinger-Smith Program Assistant (203) 932-5711
2629 email
Halppen Donoghoe Administrative Officer (203) 932-5711
4790 email
Ann Staudt Administrative Officer (203) 932-5711 2464 email
Heather Green Program Assistant (203) 932-5711 4448 email

Research and Education Staff

Name Position Phone Ext. Email
Chadi Abdallah, MD Researcher (203) 932-5711 5539 email
Lynnette A. Averill, PhD Research Fellow (203) 932-5711 5044 email
Alicia Roy Research Staff (203) 232-5711 5557 email
Heather Douglas-Palumberi, MA Health Science Officer (203) 932-5711 5314 email
Naomi Driesen, PhD Researcher (203) 974-7259 email
Ronald Duman, PhD Researcher (203) 974-7726 email
Irina Esterlis, PhD Researcher (203) 932-5711 email
Harlan Fichtenholtz, PhD Researcher (203) 932-5711 7435 email
Willie Ford Research Staff (203) 932-5711 4304 email
Joel Gelernter, MD Psychiatrist (203) 932-5711 3599 email
Angelina Genovese, RN Research Staff (203) 932-5711 2481 email
Swapnil Gupta Fellow (203) 932-5711 5901 email
Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, PhD Researcher (203) 937-4760 email
Noelle Bassi Smith, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow (203) 932-5711 5281 email
Lorig Kachadourian, PhD Fellow (857) 364-4589
(203) 932-5711

Ifat Levy, PhD Researcher (203) 737-1374 4623 email
Brenda L. Martini, MA Health Sciences Officer (203) 932-5711 4623 email
Charles Morgan, MD, MA Director, Stress & Resilience (203) 244-4239 email
Elizabeth O'Donnell, RN Research Staff (203) 932-5711 2481 email
Ismene Petrakis, MD Researcher (203) 932-5711 2476 email
Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH Researcher (203) 932-5711 2488 email
Lisa Roach Research Staff (203) 974-7528 email
Gerard Sanacora, MD Psychiatrist (203) 974-7535 email
Brian Schweinsburg, PhD Researcher (203) 932-5711 2525 email
Marcia Trejo, BS Research Staff (203) 932-5711 4215 email
Dolores Vojvoda, MD Researcher (203) 932-5711 2574 email
Kristen Wrocklage, PhD Researcher (203) 932-5711 4206 email

Date this content was last updated is at the bottom of the page.

Share this page

Where to Get Help for PTSD

Search Pilots

Search PILOTS*, the largest citation database on PTSD.
What is PILOTS?

The National Center for PTSD does not provide direct clinical care, individual referrals or benefits information.

*Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.