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Joel Gelernter, MD

Joel Gelernter, MD

Joel Gelernter, MD

Research Psychiatrist

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

Gelernter, J., Sun, N., Polimanti, R., Pietrzak, R., Levey, D., Bryois, J., Lu, Q., Hu, Y., Li, B., Radhakrishnan, K., Aslan, M., Cheung, K.H., Li, Y., Rajeevan, N., Sayward, N., Harrington, K., Chen, Q., Cho, K., Pyarajan, S., Sullivan, P.F., Quaden, R., Shi, Y., Hunter-Zinck, H., Gaziano, J.M., Concato, J., Zhao, H., Stein, M.B., & Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies and P. Million Veteran (2019). Genome-wide association study of post-traumatic stress disorder reexperiencing symptoms in >165,000 US veterans. Nat Neurosci, 22(9):1394-1401.

Harrington, K., Quaden, R., Stein, M.B., Honerlaw, J.P., Cissell, S., Pietrzak, R.H., Zhao, H., Radhakrishnan, K., Aslan, M., Gaziano, J.M., Concato, J., Gagnon, D.R., Gelernter, J., & Cho, K. (2019). Validation of an electronic medical record-based algorithm for identifying posttraumatic stress disorder in U.S. veterans. J Trauma Stress 32(2): 226-237.

Polimanti, R., Ratanatharathorn, A., Maihofer, A.X., Choi, K.W., Stein, M.B., Morey, R.A., Logue, M.W., Nievergelt, C.W., Stein, D.J., Koenen, K.C., Gelernter, J. & Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Working Group (2019). Association of economic status and educational attainment with posttraumatic stress disorder: A mendelian randomization study. JAMA Netw Open 2(5): e193447.

Radhakrishnan, K., Aslan, M., Harrington, K.M., Pietrzak, R.H., Huang, G., Muralidhar, S., Cho, K., Quaden, R., Gagnon, D., Pyarajan, S., Sun, N., Zhao, H., Gaziano, M., Concato, J., Stein, M.B., & Gelernter, J. (2019). Genomics of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans: Methods and rationale for Veterans Affairs cooperative study #575B. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res: e1767.

Stein, M. B., Levey, D.F., Cheng, Z., Wendt, F.R., Harrington, K., Cho, K., Quaden, R., Radhakrishnan, K., Girgenti, M.J., Ho, Y-L., A., Posner, D., Aslan, M., Duman, R.S., Zhao, H., Polimanti, R., Concato, J., & Gelernter, J. (2019). Genomic characterization of posttraumatic stress disorder in a large US military veteran sample. bioRxiv: 764001.

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