Robert F. Leeman PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Biographical Info

Robert F. Leeman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and a Research Scientist with the VA VISN1 MIRECC. His primary research interest is in relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and cocaine/opioid co-use. He has particular interests in impaired control over alcohol use, disinhibition/impulsivity and cognitive biases. Much of Dr. Leeman's research concerns young adult addictive behaviors and he has made use of human laboratory, survey and clinical trial methods.

Dr. Leeman joined the faculty at Yale in 2007 after having completed a NIDA post-doctoral fellowship, also in the Yale Psychiatry Department. He joined the VA MIRECC as a Research Scientist in 2012. Dr. Leeman received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a B.A. in Psychology and Screen Studies from Clark University in 1998.

Dr. Leeman was awarded a K01 from NIAAA in 2010, a grant from the ABMRF/the Foundation for Alcohol Research in 2012 and was a recipient of a clinical research loan repayment award from NIAAA from 2006-2012. He held an F31 individual, predoctoral National Research Recognition Award from NIAAA from 2003-2005 and was a 2006 recipient of an Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism, in addition to several other travel and young investigator awards.

International Activity

  • Analyses of Finnish Twin Study data
    I am about to begin a project to test impulsivity, perceived parental permissiveness and job status as predictors of addictive behaviors among adolescents and young adults using Finnish Twin Study data
  • Collaboration with Dr. Reinout Wiers and colleagues
    We are testing a novel cognitive bias modification procedure with the ultimate goal of reducing alcohol use among frequent heavy drinking young adults
  • International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases (ISPTID)
    Germany(2010 - 2011)
    Executive Committee member and Conference Secretariat
  • South African Medical Research Council
    South Africa(2010)
    Ad hoc grant reviewer
  • Netherlands National Initiative Brain and Cognition
    Ad hoc grant reviewer

Education & Training

Clark University (1998)
University of Pennsylvania (2005)
NIDA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry/Division of Substance Abuse (2005 - 2007)

Honors & Recognition

  • Junior, then Senior Scholar
    Alcohol Medical Scholars Program (Director: Marc Schuckit, M.D.) (2013)
  • NCDEU New Investigator Award
    American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2013)
  • Grant
    Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) (2012)
  • Early Career Reviewer Program
    NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) (2012)
  • Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01 AA019694)
    NIH/NIAAA (2010)
  • Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program, initial contract (2006) and competitive renewals (2008 and 2010)
    NIH (2006)
  • Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award (postdoctoral, psychosocial)
    Research Society on Alcoholism (2006)

Professional Service

  • Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), Animal Research & Ethics Committee(09/01/2013)
  • Member, NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Ambassador Network(08/23/2011)
  • Program Committee, Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) (07/01/2012 - 06/30/2013)
  • Member, Grant review committee, National Center for Responsible Gaming(07/01/2011)
  • APA Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50), Science Advisory Committee(06/01/2011)
  • Discussion List serv Moderator, APA Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50) (01/01/2013)

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