Neurobiology and treatment of addiction
Dr. Marc Potenza's research has focused on the neurobiology and treatment of substance and non-substance (behavioral) addictions and other disorders and behaviors characterized by impaired impulse control and reward-related motivations. Most of this work has focused on understanding clinical and neurobiological underpinnings and co-occurrences with other mental health disorders to advance prevention and treatment strategies. Dr. Potenza's interdisciplinary research has involved applying brain imaging, computational modeling, genetic, epidemiological, and clinical trial methodologies to gain knowledge and improve public health, policy, prevention, and treatment strategies. This work has also involved identifying potential intermediary phenotypes, like facets of impulsivity, that may partly explain the high rates of co-occurrence between psychiatric conditions and might represent novel targets for interventions. He has collaborated with many Faculty and Scholars at Yale, nationally and internationally.