Dana A Cavallo PhD Clin

Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Biographical Info


I am a licensed psychologist who graduated from Fairfield University in 1995 with a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology and Hofstra University in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology. I have worked at Yale School of Medicine since 1995, where I started as a research assistant and am currently a full-time research faculty member. Over the years, I have worked on a number of clinical trials and lab paradigms in the area of adult and adolescent substance abuse, with an emphasis on adolescent smoking cessation. My areas of interest are adolescent tobacco and marijuana use and the relationship between smoking and eating behaviors. I oversee community and high-school based adolescent tobacco interventions and adult alcohol lab paradigms and supervise the delivery of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and other counseling techniques in all of our study interventions. I also teach Yale medical residents brief MI techniques to promote healthy behavior change at an outpatient primary care clinic.


Education & Training

M.A.
Fairfield University (1992)
Ph.D. Clin
Hofstra University (2003)

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