David Matuskey, MD

Associate Research Scientist in Diagnostic Radiology and in Psychiatry; Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry; Medical Director, Yale Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center

Departments & Organizations

Connecticut Mental Health Center

Positron Emission Tomography


I have been working on understanding the underlying pathology of cocaine addiction with fMRI, sleep studies, human self-administration studies and PET neuroimaging. The PET studies have focused on the role of dopamine D3 and serotonin 1B with respect to the rewarding properties (i.e. behavioral sensitization) of cocaine in dependent subjects. Recent interests include how factors such as age and social status may influence the molecular basis of addictions.

Education & Training

MD St Matthew's University School of Medicine (2005)
BA University of South Florida, Psychology (1998)
BS University of South Florida, Biology (1998)
Clinical Neuroscience Research Fellow Yale University
Senior Resident Yale University
Resident University of Connecticut

Honors & Recognition

  • Michael Kuhar Travel AwardInternational Drug and Alcohol Research Society (2011)

  • NARSAD Young Investigator AwardNARSAD (2010)

  • NIDA-ISAM Travel FellowshipNIDA-ISAM (2011)

Professional Service

  • Working Group Yale Global Mental Health Program (2008 - 2011)

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