Joyce P. Yang

Joyce P. Yang

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Joyce P. Yang, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree as a clinical scientist from the University of Washington. She received her postdoctoral research training in the Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at Stanford University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the National Center for PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, her MA in experimental psychology at Boston University, and her BA in psychology and biology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Yang’s dissertation work to develop and pilot test a brief intervention to reduce distress for individuals recently diagnosed with HIV in China was funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein F31 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Yang directs the REACH Lab which uses community-based participatory research methods to examine and address health disparities and mental health needs of populations of color. She is interested in how experiencing chronic race-based stress and trauma, especially in the form of discrimination and injustice in healthcare settings, affects development of trauma symptoms, PTSD illness, and treatment course.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, 2019
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 2017
  • MA, Experimental Psychology, Boston University, 2008
  • AB, Psychology and Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007

Selected Publications