Yuval Neria, PhD
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Director, Trauma and PTSD Program.,
New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Research Scientist, Anxiety Disorders Clinic.,
Yuval Neria is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). He received his BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science and his MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his PhD in Psychology from Haifa University, Israel (1994). He was on faculty of Tel Aviv University until his recruitment to Columbia University after the 9/11 attacks (2002).
Dr. Neria’s research has been focused on the mental health consequences of exposure to extreme traumatic events among high-risk populations including war veterans, disaster survivors, and patients with severe mental illness (e.g., bipolar illness; depression; schizophrenia). He is also involved in developing and testing novel, neuroscience informed treatments for PTSD.
Dr. Neria has led, and collaborated, numerous epidemiological, clinical, and neuroimaging studies in PTSD, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NARSAD and private foundations since 2002. Currently, his lab at Columbia and NYSPI is focused on identification of brain and behavioral biomarkers of PTSD. By using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to identify brain circuits underlying posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr. Neria and his team are able to identify brain and behavioral markers of deficient fear conditioning and extinction, and probing brain based markers of clinical improvement in response to PTSD treatment.
Dr. Neria has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters, edited three text books, including “9/11: mental health in the wake of terrorist attacks” (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and “The Mental Health Consequences of Disasters” (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and published a war-novel “Fire” (Zmora Bitan, Hebrew, 1986).
Undergraduate: Hebrew University, B.A, 1974-1977
Graduate: Hebrew University, M.A, 1980-1982
Doctoral Degree: Haifa University, Ph.D, 1987-1994
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room 3207 Unit/Box:69
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder and complicated grief.
1. Neria Y, Solomon Z, Ginzburg K, Dekel R, Enoch D, Ohry A: Posttraumatic residues of captivity: A follow-up of Israeli ex-Prisoners of War. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2000;61: 39-46
2. Neria Y, Bromet EJ, Sievers S, Lavelle J, Fochtmann LJ: Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Psychosis: Findings from a first-admission cohort. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2002;70: 246-251
3. Neria Y, Olfson M, Gameroff JM, Wickramaratne P, Pilowsky D, Verdeli H, Gross R, Manetti-Cusa J, Marshall RD, Lantigua R, Shea S, Weissman MM: Trauma exposure and PTSD in Primary Care Patients with Bipolar Spectrum Disorder. Bipolar Disorders 2008;10: 503-510
4. Neria, Y & Sullivan, G: The Mental Health Effects of Indirect Exposure to Mass Trauma Through the Media. JAMA 2011;306 (12): 1374-1375
5. Neria Y & James M Scultz: Mental Health Effects of Hurricane Sandy: Characteristics, Potential Aftermath, and Response
. JAMA In Press