Elena H. Chartoff, PhD

Elena H. Chartoff, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory at McLean Hospital. She is interested in the neurobiological mechanisms that connect depression and anxiety with drug addiction. The work in her laboratory has broad implications for understanding basic brain mechanisms that control mood and motivated behavior. Within her wider interest, Dr. Chartoff’s laboratory focuses on sex differences in molecular and genetic contributions to addictive behaviors, the role of glutamatergic transmission in affective states and the role of kappa opioid receptors in drug withdrawal-induced depressive-like states.

Elena earned her B.S. in biology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Behavior from the University of Washington in 2001.


Posts by Elena H. Chartoff, PhD

Looking under the hood: How brain science informs addiction treatment

Treatment of substance use disorders starts with the clinicians who see patients directly, but the ongoing search for more effective treatment options that will help the widest range of people begins with brain science.