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Joel Gelernter, MD


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Joel Gelernter, MD

Joel Gelernter, MD


Clinical Neurosciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Yale University School of Medicine, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry
  • Yale University School of Medicine, Professor of Genetics and Neurobiology


  • National Institute of Mental Health, Clinical Neurogenetics Branch, Fellowship, 1988
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, Residency, 1986
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, Department of Psychiatry, Internship, 1984
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical School, School of Medicine, M.D., 1983
  • Yale University, Music and Biology, B.S., 1979

Expertise and Interests

  • Genetics of PTSD
  • Complex trait genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Genetics of drug and alcohol dependence
  • Gene-environment interaction

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • Asia-Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Research (APSAAR)
  • Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP)

Awards and Honors

  • MA Privatum (honorary), Yale University

Selected Publications

Xie, P., Kranzler, H.R., Yang, H., Farrer, L.A., Gelernter, J., & Zhao, H. (2013). Genome-wide association study identifies new susceptibility loci for posttraumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry. Advance Online Publication. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.04

Pietrzak, R. H., Galea, S., Southwick, S. M., Gelernter, J. (2013). Examining the relation between the serotonin transporter 5-HTTPLR genotype x trauma exposure interaction on a contemporary phenotypic model of posttraumatic stress symptomatology: A pilot study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 148, 123-128. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2012.11.003

Xie, P., Kranzler, H., Poling, J., Stein, M., Anton, R., Farrer, L., Gelernter, J. (2010). Interaction of FKBP5 with childhood adversity on risk for posttraumatic stress disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology, 35, 1684-1692. doi:10.1038/npp.2010.37

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