John H. Krystal MD

Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurobiology; Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Director: NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism; Director, Clinical Neuroscience Division, VA National Center for PTSD; Director, VA Alcohol Research Center; Medical Director, Schizophrenia Biological Research Center, DVA

Biographical Info

Dr. Krystal is a leading expert in the areas of alcoholism, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorders. His work links psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, and molecular genetics to study the neurobiology and to develop novel treatments for these disorders.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He also serves in a variety of advisory and review capacities for NIAAA, NIMH, Wellcome Trust, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Karolinska Institutet.

He previously served on the National Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Advisory Council (NIAAA), the Department of Defense Psychological Health Advisory Committee, the NIMH Board of Scientific Counselors (chair, 2005-2007), and American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (president, 2012).

Dr. Krystal also edits the journal, Biological Psychiatry (impact factor: 9.247).

International Activity

  • Glutamatergic Treatment
    Russia (2008)
    Professor Krystal occasionally conducts collaborative work with Dr. Evgeny Krupitsky on glutamatergic treatments for alcohol dependence
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Israel (2008)
    Professor Krystal occasionally collaborates with Dr. Arik Shalev on the molecular genetics of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Alcoholism and Glutamate-Opiate Interactions
    Germany (2008)
    Professor Krystal conducted collaborative research with Christian Schutz M.D. of the University of Bonn on glutamate-opiate interactions and the treatment of alcoholism. The project has been completed.
  • Neural Mechanisms of Psychosis
    Switzerland (2008)
    Professor Krystal collaborated with Dr. Franz Vollenweider of the University of Zurich, on work in the neural mechanisms of psychosis. The project has been completed.

Education & Training

University of Chicago (1980)
Yale University (1984)
Yale University School of Medicine, Psychiatry (1984 - 1988)

Honors & Recognition

  • Kempf Award for Contributions to Schizophrenia Research through Research and Mentorship
    American Psychiatric Association (06/2005)
  • Anna-Monika Prize in Depression Research
    Anna-Monika Foundation, Munich, Germany (10/2009)
  • Stanley Dean Award for Schizophrenia Research
    American College of Psychiatry (02/2010)
  • Jack Mendelson Award for Clinical Research
    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2010)
  • Member
    Institute of Medicine, U.S. National Academies of Science (2010)
  • Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
    National Alliance on Mental Illness (2011)

Professional Service

  • President-Elect, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (12/13/2010 - 12/13/2011)

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