Ismene Leonida Petrakis, MD

Professor of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Departments & Organizations

Addiction Medicine


LCME Faculty Subcommittee

Office of Student Research

Psychiatry: Addictions, Division of | Adult Psychiatry | Alcoholism Treatment Center | Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Mental Health Services Research, Division of | Psychotherapy Development Center


Dr. Petrakis is a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and the Director of the Mental Health Service Line at VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) since July 2010. Dr. Petrakis completed residency training at Yale School of Medicine and then a NIDA-funded addiction psychiatry clinical/research fellowship. She joined the faculty in 1992. Prior to July 2010, she was the Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program of the VACHS since 1996.

Dr. Petrakis is also the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency at Yale, an ACGME-accredited program and the PI of both an NIAAA-funded and a NIDA-funded training grant (T32).

Her research interests are predominately two-fold: (1) finding appropriate treatments for dually diagnosed individuals and (2) understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying alcohol dependence. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, NIH-NIAAA, the VA, NARSAD and the Stanley Foundation.

Education & Training

MD University of Pittsburgh (1987)
Fellow, Addiction Yale University School of Medicine
Residency Yale University School of Medicine

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Ismene Leonida Petrakis, MD
Mailing Address
Department of Psychiatry950 Campbell Ave

West Haven, CT 06516