Faculty Mentors

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD

Department of Psychiatry
Yale University

Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction.

Selected Publications:
Morean, M. E., Zellers, S., Tamler, M., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2016). Psychometric validation of measures of alcohol expectancies, retrospective subjective response, and positive drinking consequences for use with adolescents. Addictive Behaviors58, 182-187.

KrishnanSarin, S., O’Malley, S. S., Franco, N., Cavallo, D. A., Morean, M., Shi, J., … & Krystal, J. H. (2015). N‐Methyl‐d‐Aspartate Receptor Antagonism has Differential Effects on Alcohol Craving and Drinking in Heavy Drinkers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research39(2), 300-307.

Morean, M. E., Kong, G., Camenga, D. R., Cavallo, D. A., Carroll, K. M., Pittman, B., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2015). Contingency management improves smoking cessation treatment outcomes among highly impulsive adolescent smokers relative to cognitive behavioral therapy. Addictive Behaviors42, 86-90.