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Benjamin Kelmendi, MD

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Benjamin Kelmendi, MD

Benjamin Kelmendi, MD


Clinical Neurosciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Yale Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Chief: Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit


  • National Center for PTSD-VA Connecticut and Yale Department of Medicine, Advanced Research Fellowship in PTSD, 2015 - 2017
  • University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Medicine, M.D., 2011
  • Biology Eastern Connecticut State University, Psychology, B.A., 2004

Expertise and Interests

  • Pharmaco-neuroimaging and use of biomarkers
  • Usage of MDMA in treatment-resistant PTSD
  • Pharmacological and treatment strategies to increase brain plasticity

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Awards and Honors

  • Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
  • Scholar Award, Yale Clinical Center for Investigation

Selected Publications

Duek, O., Kelmendi, B., Pietrzak, R., & Harpaz-Rotem, I. (2019). Augmenting treatment of PTSD with ketamine - Review. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry.

Adams, T.G., Kelmendi, B., Brake, C.A., Gruner, P., Badour, C.L., & Pittenger, C.. (2018). The role of stress in the pathogenesis and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Chronic Stress (Thousand Oaks). doi: 10.1177/2470547018758043

Brooks, H., Kichuk, S.A., Adams, T.G., Koller, W.N., Eken, H.N., Rance, M., Monahan, S., Wasylink, S., Kelmendi, B., Pittenger, C., Gruner, P., & Hampson, M. (2018). Developing image sets for inducing obsessive-compulsive checking symptoms. Psychiatry Research. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.04.035.

Averill, L.A., Averill, C.L., Kelmendi, B., Abdallah, C.G., & Southwick, S.M. (2018). Stress response modulation underlying the psychobiology of resilience. Current Psychiatry Reports. doi: 10.1007/s11920-018-0887-x

George J., Pittenger, C., Kelmendi, B., Lohr, J., & Adams, T.G. (2018). Disgust sensitivity mediates the effects of race on contamination aversion. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2018.08.002

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