M. Elizabeth Sublette, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
M. Elizabeth Sublette received her MD/PhD from SUNY Downstate. She completed a psychiatry residency at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, North Shore - Long Island Jewish Medical Center and and served as Chief of the Affective Disorders inpatient unit at Zucker Hillside Hospital before becoming to Columbia University
After completing an NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Sublette joined the faculty in 2007, as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, in the Division of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology.
Dr. Sublette's research focuses on the neurobiology of mood disorders and suicide risk. In particular, she has concentrated on understanding the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on brain and mood. Her research has been funded by NARSAD, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Role of essential dietary fatty acids in the neurobiology of mood disorders and suicide risk
Dr. Sublette's previous studies have found links between low omega-3 fatty acids and risk of later suicide attempt; and between omega-3 blood levels and specific patterns of regional brain glucose uptake. Using positron emission tomography (PET scanning), biochemical analysis, and clinical assessment, the current research projects are expected to shed light on how human nutrition may directly affect the brain and ultimately influence mood.