Lawrence Yang, PhD

Lawrence Yang is Associate Professor of Global Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed his clinical training at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Yang’s research focuses on several key areas of psychiatric epidemiology. He has formulated defining theoretical work on how culture relates to stigma and implementing interventions to improve social and symptomatic recovery for different stigmatizing conditions (mental illness and HIV), with a focus on psychosis in Chinese groups.
He is PI of a five-year NIMH R01 grant examining the neurocognitive and social cognitive underpinnings of the new “clinical high risk state for psychosis” designation, a potentially transformative new syndrome to detect psychotic signs before symptoms develop into a full psychotic disorder. He has also incorporated these research areas into his work in global mental health, with a particular emphasis on the clinical and cognitive characteristics of untreated psychosis in China. He has sixty-one publications in journals that include Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Medicine, the British Journal of Psychiatry, and The Lancet. He has received eight Early Career Awards, six of which are national, for his work.

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