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Gerard Sanacora, PhD, MD

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Child, Adult
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Dr. Sanacora is a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and the Director of the Yale Depression Research Program. Dr. Sanacora’s work has focused largely on elucidating the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with mood and other neuropsychiatric disorders and using this information to inform the development of novel treatment strategies. His preclinical research laboratory explores the effects of stress and pharmaceutical agents on cellular biology, neurophysiology and behavior. His clinical laboratory employs novel imaging methodologies to investigate the pathophysiology of mood and other neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition, he has served as principal investigator on several large clinical trials investigating the efficacy and safety of newly developed therapeutic agents for the treatment of mood disorders. Dr. Sanacora received the Anna-Monkia Stiftung international award for the investigation of the biological substrate and functional disturbances of depression in 2009, the Joel Elkes Research Award for Outstanding contributions to Psychopharmacology from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) in 2011, and is a Fellow of the ACNP.


  • George D. and Esther S. Gross Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Yale Depression Research Program
  • Co-Director, Yale New Haven Hospital Interventional Psychiatry Service

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (1999)
  • Resident
    Yale University School of Medicine (1998)
  • MD
    SUNY at Stonybrook (1994)
  • PhD
    SUNY at Stonybrook (1992)
  • Post Doctoral
    SUNY Stony Brook (1992)

Additional Information

  • Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit
    Connecticut Mental Health Center
    34 Park Street
    New Haven, CT, 06519
  • Yale Depression Research Clinic
    100 York Street
    Ste 2J
    New Haven, CT, 06511
  • Interventional Psychiatary
    Yale New Haven Hospital - West Pavilion
    1 Park Street
    New Haven, CT, 06504