Sarah Eisenstein

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Biomedical research

Education & Training


  • PhD: Neuroscience: University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2008
  • MA: Psychology: Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, 2004
  • BS: Neuroscience and Psychology: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2000

Major Awards


  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholarship, 2006
  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award, 2012

Research Interests


-Research on dopamine signaling and reward-related behavior using PET neuroimaging in obesity and schizophrenia.
-Research on peripheral and brain inflammation in obesity and other psychiatric disorders
-Pharmacological/neurobiological bases for comorbidity of substance use and mental health disorders

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Key Publications


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Funded Research Projects


NIDDK(PI):Neuroinflammation and Cognitive Impairment in Obesity (Diabetes Research Center at WUSM Pilot and Feasibility Award)