In addition to practicing psychiatry, Dr. Eskenazi conducts research on neurobiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at the Columbia University Medical Center. His interests are how a brain region called the striatum is involved in decision-making and how circuits therein go awry in mental illness leading to automatic (or some would say unconscious) behaviors. 


Eskenazi D and Alfonso C. Book review on Attached: the new science of adult attachment and how it can help you find - and keep - love. Psychodynamic Psychiatry December 2016, Vol. 44, No. 4: 589–606.

Eskenazi D, Brodsky M, Neumaier JF. Deconstructing 5-HT6 receptor effects on striatal circuit functionNeuroscience. 2015 Jul 23;299:97-106. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.04.046. Epub 2015 Apr 28.

Eskenazi D and Neumaier JF. Increased expression of 5-HT6 receptors in dorsolateral striatum decreases habitual lever pressing, but does not affect learning acquisition of simple operant tasks in rats. Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Jul;34(2):343-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2011.07756.x. Epub 2011 Jun 30.

Ferguson SM, Eskenazi D, Ishikawa M, Wanat MJ, Phillips PE, Dong Y, Roth BL, Neumaier JF. Transient neuronal inhibition reveals opposing roles of indirect and direct pathways in sensitization. Nat Neurosci. 2011 Jan;14(1):22-4. doi: 10.1038/nn.2703. Epub 2010 Dec 5.

Eskenazi D and Acosta D. Introduction to biochemistry: protein structure and enzyme basics. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2010;6:8122.

Eskenazi D, Neumaier JF. Increased expression of 5-HT6 receptor by viral mediated gene transfer into posterior but not anterior dorsomedial striatum interferes with acquisition of a discrete action-outcome task. J Psychopharmacol. 2011 Jul;25(7):944-51. doi: 10.1177/0269881110388330. Epub 2010 Nov 18.

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