Biography

Dr. Sean X. Luo is a dually board-certified general and addiction psychiatrist and researcher. Dr. Luo was born in Shanghai, China. He received primary and secondary education in West Lafayette, Indiana. He subsequently studied physics and mathematics at the University of Chicago. He conducted research at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA. He received an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree in theoretical and computational neuroscience from Columbia University, under supervision from Nobel laureate Richard Axel and noted theoretical neuroscientist L. F. Abbott, and collaborated with a number of scientists from Rockefeller University, Harvard Medical School, California Institute of Technology and Yale University. His work has been published in a number of leading journals, including Nature, Nature Neuroscience, the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. He completed his clinical training in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry at NewYork Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. Luo has been focusing on translating computational neuroscience and machine learning techniques to large scale clinical research and clinical trial datasets, especially in the field of substance use disorders. In part supported by the Leon Levy Foundation, his work during residency training at Columbia Univesrity/New York State Psychiatric Institute has received a number of awards, including the APA/Eli Lily Research Award and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Young Investigator Award. He is currently working on a number of new manuscripts and has most recently been the lead-author for a new chapter on Internet Addiction.

In addition to his scientific and clinical work, he is also actively engaged in scientific outreach and disseminating knowledge to the public. He was interviewed by CBS News on Internet Addiction and his research was profiled by Medscape. He also writes a column for Rehabs.com Protalk. He was a speaker on personalized medicine and addiction treatment at nerdnite: nerdtacular at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn. He writes a blog and has contributed print articles for Psychology Today focusing on Big Data, substance abuse and mental health. His most recent print article for a general audience is in Scientific American Mind in Jan, 2017.

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