Elliot Nelson

Professor of Psychiatry

Education & Training


  • Residency: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1990
  • MD: University of Illinois, Peoria, IL, 1986
  • BA: Natural Science: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1982

Areas of Clinical Interest


Anxiety and affective disorders

Research Interests


I have expertise in genetic studies of opioid and other drug dependence. I also have a strong interest in the contribution of trauma exposure to liability for psychopathology. I have conducted large investigations in these areas.

Key Publications


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Funded Research Projects


NIDA(PI):Using Transgenic Mice to Examine the Role of CHIH3 Variants in Opioid Dependence
NIDA(Co-I) Cannabis, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
NIAAA(Co-I):Center on Women and Alcoholism

NIDA(PI of Center for Inherited Disease Research Project (CIDR)): A GWAS of Heroin Dependence
NIAAA(PI): Project 7: Examining genotype x environment interaction in the context of a GWAS (P60 Lead PI: A.Heath)
NIDA(PI):Opioid Dependence: Candidate Genes and G x E Effects
NIAAA (& NICHD / NIMH) (PI): Childhood Trauma, Parental Alcoholism, and Comorbidity