Joel E. Gelernter
Joel E. Gelernter
Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry & Professor of Genetics & of Neuroscience; Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry)
Yale School of Medicine
Elected to the Academy in 2022


Yale University, 1979, BS, Music and Biology; SUNY-Downstate Medical School, 1983, MD; University of Pittsburgh, 1987, Psychiatry Residency

Professional Area

Human molecular and population genetics; Other ‘omics (transcriptomics, epigenomics); -Psychiatric disorders (stress, mood, and addiction disorders)


Perhaps the leading geneticist in the world studying stress, mood, and addictions. His laboratory generated the first genome-wide significant findings in PTSD, the first genome-wide significant findings outside of metabolic enzymes for alcohol use disorder, among other findings. He is particularly known for studying the genetics of diverse populations under-represented in genetics research.