Petros Levounis, MD, MA


Dr. Petros Levounis serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Dean at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, as well as Chief of Service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied sociology, chemistry, and biophysics, and received his medical education at Stanford and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Columbia and his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at NYU. Dr. Levounis then served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York before coming to Rutgers. He is a Betty Ford Scholar, a recipient of a U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Award, an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association, and as of May 2023, the president of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Levounis has published 14 books including the textbook of “Substance Dependence and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders,” the self-help paperback “Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself,” and the first book on the “Technological Addictions.” His books have been translated into French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Dr. Levounis is married to actor Lukas Hassel and lives in New York City.