Lawrence Yang, PhD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NYU School of Global Public Health
Adjunct Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Columbia University

Dr. Lawrence Yang is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NYU- School of Global Public Health. Dr. Yang also directs the Global Mental Health and Stigma Program and is Associate Director for the Global Center for Implementation Science at NYU. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, where he was faculty for 11 years. Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed his clinical training at Harvard Medical School.

He received a T32 NIMH-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University in psychiatric epidemiology. Dr. Yang’s research focuses on two main areas: 1) Global Mental Health and Implementation Science; and 2) Stigma of various health conditions with a focus on psychosis. Dr. Yang is currently PI of an R01 and 3-year Supplement in China, which seek to examine the cognition in the ‘natural state’ of psychosis in a large untreated, community sample of individuals with psychosis (n=400), who have not yet received any antipsychotic medications, compared with a treated sample (n=400) and healthy controls (n=400) in China. He also is PI of a second R01 implementing task sharing measures for global mental health which seeks to validate a newly-developed multi-dimensional measure that enables rapid assessment of modifiable critical factors that affect the implementation of task sharing mental health strategies. Dr. Yang has over 110 peer-reviewed publications, including publications in the JAMA Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry and The Lancet. Dr. Yang has received eight Early Career Awards, six of which are national, for his work.