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. She is also a Chair of the Human Investigations Committee (IRB) at Yale. 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, her research focuses on understanding the appeal, abuse potential and patterns of use of tobacco products, developing and testing the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and understanding behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. She has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People”, served as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee and currently serves on the CDC’s Interagency Commission on Smoking and Health. 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 and other constituents of tobacco products in tobacco and nicotine addiction. She also leads the ENACT initiative funded by the American Heart Association which is focused on developing interventions for e-cigarette use behaviors among youth. In a separate and distinct line of research Dr. Krishnan-Sarin also develops and tests novel pharmacological interventions for alcohol use disorders in adults and examines neurochemical predictors of alcohol use and treatment response.

Selected Publications:

Morean, M. E., Davis, D. R., Bold, K. W., Kong, G., Jackson, A., Lee, J., Rajesh Kumar, L., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2022). Psychometric Evaluation of the Short-Form Vaping Consequences Questionnaire for Use With High School Adolescents Who Use and Do Not Use E-cigarettes. Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 24(5), 699–709. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntab237. PMID: 35002579

Hammond, C. J., Wu, J., Krishnan-Sarin, S., Mayes, L. C., Potenza, M. N., & Crowley, M. J. (2021). Co-occurring tobacco and cannabis use in adolescents: Dissociable relationships with mediofrontal electrocortical activity during reward feedback processing. NeuroImage. Clinical, 30, 102592. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2021.102592. PMID: 33667977; PMCID: PMC7932890. 

DeMartini, K. S., Pittman, B., Krystal, J. H., O’Malley, S. S., & Krishnan-Sarin, S. (2020). Examining the Relationship Between Self-Reported Drinking and In-Laboratory Drinking and Craving: Is There Concordance?. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research, 44(5), 1151–1157. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14329. PMID: 32352581.