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 studied physics and mathematics at the University of Chicago and 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's research focuses on applying computational neuroscience, data science and machine learning techniques to large scale clinical research in substance use disorders. Research from his team has received a number of awards, including the National Institute of Drug Abuse Career Development Award, the APA/Eli Lily Resident Research Award and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Young Investigator Award. He serves on the Data Science Task Force at the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network and on the industry/academia/government relations committee for College on the Problems of Drug Dependence, the longest standing group of addiction researchers and clinicians in the United States.

In addition to his scientific and clinical work, he is engaged in raising public awareness and improving quality and access in substance use disorder treatment. His work has been profiled by media outlets including CBS News and Medscape. He was a speaker on precision addiction medicine at nerdnite: nerdtacular at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn. He contributes both online and in print, including a column for Rehabs.com Protalk and a blog at Psychology Today. His most recent print article for a general audience was published in Scientific American Mind in Jan, 2017.

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