Sandra D. Comer, PhD

Professor of Clinical Neurobiology
Department of Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
New York, New York

Dr. Sandra Comer is a professor of clinical neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Comer completed her graduate training at the University of Michigan, where she received her master of science and doctorate in philosophy degrees for her research on the effects of opioid drugs. Following graduate school, Dr. Comer completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. There she received training in preclinical animal models of cocaine self-administration in rodents and non-human primates. In 1993, Dr. Comer began working at the Division on Substance Abuse at Columbia University where she received training in human preclinical studies. Dr. Comer’s research focus has been on the development and testing of novel approaches to the treatment of opioid dependence, and the influences of sex, gonadal hormones and drug use history on responses to pain and opioid medications.

Dr. Comer served as a regular member of the National Institutes of Health Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology (BRLE) study section, and is a voting member of the Institutional Review Board of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Medicine.  She is the author or co-author of more than 75 papers, chapters, and books dealing with several aspects of substance abuse.  Dr. Comer is a member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the American Psychological Association, the American Pain Society, and the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers. She received the prestigious Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in 2004.

Last modified: June 29, 2012