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Dr. Nii  Addy

Dr. Nii Addy

Neuroscientist, Yale Professor & Mental Health Advocate


Dr. Nii Addy is a neuroscientist, Yale professor and mental health advocate who engages audiences through his expertise in brain biology. His familiarity with effective psychological interventions and his perspective as a black scientist in the midst of ongoing racism and racial injustice makes him a sought after speaker on topics such as neuroscience, mental health, faith, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Read More >

At the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Addy directs a federally funded research program investigating the neurobiological bases of depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Dr. Addy’s team also studies the ability of tobacco product flavor additives to alter nicotine use behavior and addiction. 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 and others.

In his groundbreaking initiatives, Dr. Addy has collaborated with Lecrae (Grammy Award-winning artist and NY Times Best Selling Author), Allan Houston (former NBA All-Star, NY Knicks/FISLL Project), Doug Middleton (Jacksonville Jaguars/Dream the Impossible Initiative), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Veritas Forum, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Yale University Chaplain's Office, Yale Well, the Salvation Army, Every Nation Church NYC, and the American Bible Society.

Dr. Addy has spoken at venues throughout the United States and Europe. He is described as a gifted and natural communicator who speaks on timely topics to educate, equip and empower. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

STEM Interview | The Veritas Forum

How Do We Express Anxiety in Healthy Ways

Complexities of Mental Illness

Speech Topics

The Intersection of Neuroscience, Mental Health, Faith & Culture

Brain Processes Underlying Mental Health Challenges

Mental Health Wellness in the Workplace & Marketplace

Mental Wellness Leadership Practices for Team Leaders

Promoting a Culture of Authenticity, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Your Organization

Building a Community of Authenticity, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Antiracism in Education

Holistic, Integrated Approaches for Maintaining Good Mental Health & for Addressing Challenges

The Intersection of Science & Faith