Arpana Agrawal

Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Courses taught: (a) Psych 345: Genes, Environment and Human Behavior, (b) Biol 5483: Human Linkage and Association (Fall only), (c) Summer Workshop in Genomics Methods

Education & Training


  • PhD: Human Genetics (Quantitative): Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2004

Research Interests


My research focuses on epidemiological and genomic approaches to the study of substance use and addiction. I am funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study how genetic and environmental factors work together to shape our liability to use cannabis and become addicted to it. In addition, I am co-PI of the Substance Use Disorders Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC). The goal of our working group is to identify common genetic variants that are related to liability for alcohol, nicotine, cannabis and other drug use disorders, and further to relate these loci (and their aggregate effect) to genetic risk for other psychiatric traits (e.g., personality) and disorders (e.g., depression).

Key Publications


Funded Research Projects


NIDA(PI):Cannabis, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

NIDA(PI):Cannabis and Tobacco Involvement: A Twin Study

NIDA(Co-PI):Non-Dependent Opioid Misusers as GWAS Controls

NIDA(PI):Delineating the Role of Genetic Influences on Cannabis Involvement

NIMH(co-PI):7/7 Psychiatric Genomics Consortium: Finding Actionable Variation