Diana M. Martinez, MD

  • Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
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Dr. Martinez is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction research. She also conducts studies using established treatments for new indications. These studies use therapies with known efficacy and investigate whether they can be used to treat other disorders. Some of her current research includes: 1) investigating ketamine for tinnitus: 2) a clinical trial of cannabinoids for taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy; and 3) investigating transcranial magnetic stimulation for alcohol use disorder and chronic pain.



(646) 774-6160


Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Cornell University Medical College, NY
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


Selected Publications

  • Martinez D, Slifstein M, Nabulsi N, Grassetti A, Urban NB, Perez A, Liu F, Lin SF, Ropchan J, Mao X, Kegeles LS, Shungu DC, Carson RE, Huang Y.: Imaging glutamate homeostasis in cocaine addiction with the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 positron emission tomography radiotracer [(11)C]ABP688 and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Biol Psychiatry 2014;75: 165-71
  • Martinez D, Saccone PA, Liu F, Slifstein M, Orlowska D, Grassetti A, Cook S, Broft A, Van Heertum R, Comer SD: Deficits in dopamine D(2) receptors and presynaptic dopamine in heroin dependence: commonalities and differences with other types of addiction. Biol Psychiatry 2012;71: 192-8
  • Martinez D, Carpenter KM, Liu F, Slifstein M, Broft A, Friedman AC, Kumar D, Van Heertum R, Kleber HD, Nunes E: Imaging dopamine transmission in cocaine dependence: link between neurochemistry and response to treatment. Am J Psychiatry 2011;168: 634-41
  • Martinez D, Orlowska D, Narendran R, Slifstein M, Liu F, Kumar D, Broft A, Van Heertum R, Kleber HD.: Dopamine type 2/3 receptor availability in the striatum and social status in human volunteers. Biol Psychiatry 2010;67: 275-8
  • Martinez D, Slifstein M, Gil R, Hwang DR, Huang Y, Perez A, Frankle WG, Laruelle M, Krystal J, Abi-Dargham A: Positron emission tomography imaging of the serotonin transporter and 5-HT(1A) receptor in alcohol dependence. Biol Psychiatry 2009;26: 411-8