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Dr. Nii Addy is a Yale professor, neuroscientist, and mental health advocate. As a sought-after speaker, Dr. Addy engages audiences through his expertise in the brain biology of anxiety, depression and addiction, his familiarity with effective psychological interventions, his perspective as a Black scientist in the midst of ongoing racism and racial injustices, and as a person of faith.  

As the creator and host of powerful town hall events, he has built unique partnerships between scientists, clinicians, educators, faith leaders, entertainers, professional athletes, and community and mental health advocacy groups. 

In these engaging town hall conversations, panelists discuss topics at the intersection of neuroscience, mental health, faith, culture, and social justice. His research and community work has garnered national media attention, including coverage by National Public Radio (NPR), Newsday, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), The Source Magazine, Chuck Norris, STAT, Relevant Magazine, Proto Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and others. 

Dr. Addy's Research

Dr. Addy leads a scientific research team at the Yale School of Medicine. His lab investigates the brain processes underlying depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. He and his team also investigate new potential therapies for mental health challenges. Dr. Addy presents scientific lectures, seminars, and keynote talks at community events, K-12 schools, and at colleges throughout the United States and Europe. He serves on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals, reviews grant applications for the National Institutes of Health, and serves on the Board of Trustees for The Carver Project. 


Dr. Addy joins William Parris of Legitimate Matters, to discuss his research,

his community work, and the complexities of mental illness.

Dr. Addy presents a keynote lecture at the NorthEast Undergraduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON) conference on his research of brain processes underlying substance use disorders.

Mental Health & Faith

Dr. Addy encourages and equips audiences to embrace the use of holistic, integrated approaches to mental health. He speaks frequently on the intersection of mental health, faith, and neuroscience.

Dr. Addy describes brain processes underlying and motivation and behavior, changes in the brain that are associated with mental health challenges, and how his faith influences his research and his perspective. 

Dr. Addy joins Dr. Warren Kinghorn and Dr. Michelle Kirtley for the Veritas Forum discussion, "God, Mental Health & COVID-19".

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