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Robert H. Pietrzak, PhD, MPH


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Robert H. Pietrzak, PhD, MPH

Robert H. Pietrzak, PhD, MPH


Clinical Neurosciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Yale School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine


  • University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology), PhD, 2008
  • University of Connecticut, Public Health (Epidemiology), MPH, 2003
  • Clark University, Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), BA, 2001

Expertise and Interests

  • Epidemiology of PTSD and related disorders
  • Risk and resilience factors in PTSD
  • Aging and PTSD
  • Dimensional models of trauma-related psychopathology
  • Neuropsychological assessment methodology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Awards and Honors

  • Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Career Development Award, Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Patrick H. DeLeon Prize, American Psychological Association

Selected Publications

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). Posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with reduced in vivo norepinephrine transporter density in locus coeruleus. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 1199-1205. PILOTS ID: 41297

Pietrzak, R. H., & Cook, J. M. (2013) Psychological resilience among older veterans in the United States: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 432-443. PILOTS ID: 40951

Pietrzak, R. H., Southwick S. M., Krystal, J. H., & Neumeister, A. (2013). Linking in vivo brain serotonin type 1B receptor density to phenotypic heterogeneity of posttraumatic stress symptomatology. Molecular Psychiatry, 18, 399-401. PILOTS ID: Pending

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. PILOTS ID: 41550

Pietrzak, R. H., Tsai, J., Harpaz-Rotem, I., Whealin, J. M., & Southwick, S. M. (2012). Support for a novel five-factor model posttraumatic stress symptoms in three independent samples of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans: A confirmatory factor analytic study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 317-322. PILOTS ID: 37851

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