Nelly Alia-Klein

Nelly Alia-Klein, PhD

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Neuroscience

Research Topics:

Addiction, Brain Imaging

On January 2, 2013, Dr. Alia-Klein was appointed Associate Professor of Psychiatry (primary) and Neuroscience (secondary) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and co-chief of Neuropsychoimaging of Addiction and Related Conditions (NARC) research program.

Prior to joining Mt. Sinai, Dr. Alia-Klein was Medical Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York where she developed a program of study on aggression. She received her PhD from Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Alia-Klein is Principal Investigator on NIMH R01 and co-investigator on several grants from NIDA. As co-chief of NARC, Dr. Alia-Klein works on gene-brain-behavior modeling to predict anger and reactive aggression in clinical diagnoses as Intermittent Explosive Disorder. One of her goals is to further develop understanding and treatment of anger attacks in psychiatric disorders. She published on the neurochemistry modulating these behaviors and the reactivity interplay of prefrontal and subcortical brain regions during provocation or other challenge. Her tools probe select genotypes and their effects on brain function through application of MRI and PET technology. Other topics of study such as sex differences are also of interest, in particular as they affect anger disorders.

In the News

Nova Science Now, PBS series on the neurobiology of violent behavior, title: Can Science Stop Crime? (Aired 10/17/2012)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/can-science-stop-crime.html
    
PBS special After Newtown
http://video.pbs.org/video/2320006234/

Multi-Disciplinary Training Areas

Clinical Research Education Program [CLR], Neuroscience [NEU], Public Health [PH]