CEDAR Clinical Team Leader

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D.


Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Clinical Team Leader for CEDAR. Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian supervises trainees in the clinic, and meets with young adults and families for consultations, educational groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian presents at schools and other community youth agencies to raise awareness about new advances in early detection and treatment of early signs of psychosis. Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian is also the Director of Outcomes Evaluation and Psychology Training in the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis Program (PREP), another program housed at The Spot.

Clinical Interests: Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian is devoted to the development and implementation of effective psychosocial interventions for individuals experiencing psychosis (or signs of risk) and their families. She ran a pilot study evaluating a new family intervention designed to help clients and families learn strategies for overcoming cognitive deficits related to psychosis. She authored Everything You Need to Know about Schizophrenia (The Rosen Publishing Group, 2000), a book for teenagers about schizophrenia.

Academic: Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center Public Psychiatry Division of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.