Yuval Neria

Yuval Neria

Yuval Neria

Psychology (In Epidemiology and Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Center


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NY NY USA 10032
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Yuval Neria is Professor of Medical Psychology at the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center, and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research is ranging from studying the mental health consequences and determinants of high impact trauma including combat, captivity, terrorism and disasters, to the examination of the psychological foundations of resilience and effective functioning under stress. His current focus is on translational psychiatric research aiming to identify the underlying neural and behavioral mechanisms of trauma psychopathology and the development of neuroscience-informed innovative treatments of trauma psychopathology. Dr. Neria grew up in Israel and at the age of 18 joined the Israeli army and subsequently participated in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the 1982 Lebanon war. He was injured in the Yom Kippur War and was awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest decoration for combat bravery in Israel (equivalent to Medal of Honor). Dr. Neria's body of work was deeply influenced by his war experience. He has published a war novel, Fire, based on his experiences in the Yom Kippur 1973 War, and was later involved in efforts to improve policies regarding mental health care for returning war veterans with post trauma psychopathology. Dr. Neria has led and collaborated on, numerous epidemiological, clinical, and neuroimaging studies in PTSD. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NARSAD and a number of charity foundations supported studies in his lab since 2004. Currently, his lab is using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a number of novel paradigms to identify brain and behavioral markers of deficient fear conditioning and extinction learning in PTSD, and to probe for the first time biomarkers of clinical improvement in response to PTSD treatments. Dr. Neria has authored more than 140 articles and book chapters, and edited three textbooks published in Cambridge University Press. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal Disaster Health.



PhD, 1994, Haifa University, Israel
MA, 1982, The Hebrew University, Israel
BA, 1977, The Hebrew University, Israel

Columbia Affiliations

Honors & Awards

NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2003

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress, Community Programs and Outreach, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Minority Health, Social / Cultural Issues, Depression, Mental Health

Select Global Activities

OSITA: Outreach, Screening, and Intervention for Trauma for Internally Displaced Women in Bogota, Colombia.: This project is funded by Grand Challenges Canada. It aims at developing and pilot testing of a system to conduct outreach, screening, and intervention for trauma for Internally Displaced Women in Bogota, Colombia

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