Anticevic wins Brain and Behavior Foundation Award

Alan Anticevic, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology, has been awarded the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation’s 2015 Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research. 

Alan Anticevic (right) with Dr. Herbert Pardes, ex officio/president of the Scientific Council and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health. (Photo by Charles Manley)

The prize committee also awarded honorable mention to another Yale researcher: Dr. Chadi Abdallah, assistant professor of psychiatry.

Anticevic received the award for his research providing new insight into severe mental illness by using multiple neuroscientific tools to study the chain of events leading to symptoms. Specifically, his laboratory combines state-of-the-art neuroimaging methods with pharmacological and mathematical approaches to understand the root cause of disrupted brain function in mental illness.

“I feel deeply honored and thankful to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for supporting our lab to pursue a high-risk/high-reward question,” said Anticevic.

Anticevic, who completed his graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, credits professors Deanna Barch and David Van Essen there for “playing a pivotal role in my intellectual development and thinking about neuropsychiatric disorders.” He also credits Dr. John Krystal at the Yale School of Medicine for playing a critical mentorship role throughout his postgraduate career development.

Anticevic received the Brain and Behavior Foundation Young Investigator Award in 2012. He is also winner of the 2012 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and the 2014 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Sciences. 

The foundation’s scientific council — made up of 150 experts, including two Nobel Prize winners, in the brain and behavior research field — selected Anticevic for the Klerman award. The council choses one Klerman Prize winner and two honorable mentions from a field of nearly 200 each year.

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