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Clinical Neurosciences Division and Staff


Clinical Neurosciences Division and Staff

The Clinical Neurosciences Division is based in West Haven and Orange, Connecticut. The Division focuses on research to establish novel treatments and uncover biomarkers of disease mechanisms related to traumatic stress, as well as paradigms of risk and resilience. By leveraging an interdisciplinary approach that includes laboratories specializing in genetics, neuroimaging, treatment interventions, and epidemiological studies, the Clinical Neurosciences Division maximizes efforts to translate discoveries into therapeutic targets for PTSD and associated comorbid conditions.

Read about the Center's education initiatives and research programs taking place across all Divisions.

The National Center faculty is active in training programs at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. See Careers for internship and fellowship opportunities that are offered at each Division site.

Contact Information for Clinical Neurosciences Division
National Center for PTSD
Clinical Neurosciences Division
VA CT Healthcare System
Errera Community Care Center-Yale Annex
200 Edison Road
Orange, CT 06477
Phone: (203) 508-7769
Email: Brenda.Martini@VA.Gov


John Krystal, MD
(203) 932-5711 ext. 4790

Ismene Petrakis, MD
Acting Deputy Director
(203) 932-5711 ext. 2244

Research Program Operations

Brenda Martini, MA
Health Sciences Officer
(203) 932-5711, extension 4623

Administrative Staff

Lauren Coppola
Financial Management Specialist
(203) 508-7770

Research and Clinical Staff

Anahita Bassir Nia, MD
Research Psychiatrist
(203) 688-5479

Kelly Cosgrove, PhD
Research Scientist
(203) 737-6969

Naomi Driesen, PhD
Research Scientist
(203) 932-5711, extension 3329

Deepak D'Souza, M.D.
Research Psychiatrist
(203) 932-5711, extension 2594

Irina Esterlis, PhD
Research Scientist
(203) 932-5711

Willie Ford
Laboratory Technician
(203) 932-5711 ext. 4304

Joel Gelernter, MD
Research Psychiatrist
(203) 932-5711 ext. 3590

Angelina Genovese, RN
Research Nurse
(203)932-5711, extension 2481

Henry (Yiyun) Huang, PhD
Research Scientist

Alfred Kaye, MD, PhD
Research Psychiatrist

Benjamin Kelmendi, MD
Research Psychiatrist
(203) 974-7752

Ifat Levy, PhD
Research Scientist
(203) 737-1374

Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, PhD
Research Psychologist
(203) 932-5711, extension 2114

Erin O'Brien, PhD
Health Science Specialist

Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH
Research Psychologist
(860) 638-7467

Marc Potenza, MD, PhD
Research Scientist

Dolores Vojvoda, MD
Director PTSD-Anxiety Firm
(203) 932-5711, extension 2574

Ke Xu, MD, PhD
Research Psychiatrist
(203) 508-7771

Members of the press interested in scheduling an interview please see the contact for the media page.

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health