Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry, Neurobiology and Child Study, Yale University
Rajita Sinha, Ph.D. is the Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry, Neurobiology and Child Study at Yale University School of Medicine. She is Founding Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center that focuses on understanding stress mechanisms that drive maladaptive behaviors, and in the delivery of evidence-based integrative brain-mind-body interventions to improve health outcomes. She is also Chief of the Psychology Section in Psychiatry, and Deputy Director of Interdisciplinary Research at the Yale Center of Clinical Investigation at the Yale School of Medicine. She has also served as the Director of Addiction Services at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is internationally known for her pioneering research on the mechanisms linking stress to addictive behaviors such as smoking, alcohol use and overeating. Her research objectives are threefold: (a) to elucidate sex-specific neurobiological mechanisms underlying stress in humans; (b) to examine neurobiological alterations in stress and reward circuits that affect behaviors, health and functioning; and (c) to develop effective prevention and treatment strategies that target brain stress and emotion regulation to rescue and reverse the effects of chronic stress and unhealthy behaviors in individuals both at-risk for and those with high stress to improve their performance, functioning and health outcomes. These objectives are being accomplished through a series of NIH funded research projects and she has over 200 publications on these topics. She has served on many NIH special emphasis panels, review committees and workshops, presented at numerous national and international conferences, and her work is widely cited. She is currently on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the NIH. She also conducts workshops, lectures and retreats on stress management, stress effects on brain, health and behaviors, self-care for the stressed professional and for senior executives, and ways to address stress to enrich and enhance work, family and life.