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Jessica Lawson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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Jessica Lawson, PhD


Jessica Lawson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor on the Clinician-Eductor Track at the Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. She currently works as a staff psychologist for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Clinical Resource Hub (CRH), providing evidence-based psychotherapy and primary care mental health integration service via telemental health to veterans across rural New England.  She completed clinical research postdoctoral training with the Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research at Yale School of Medicine. She is an active member of Connecticut Psychological Association, currently serving not he board as the early career representative. Dr. Lawson is involved in psychology education and training and directs the CRH doctoral practicum training track and provides individual supervision and consultation. Clinically, she has specialized training in clinical health psychology with a focus on health behavior change, behavioral weight management, assessment and treatment for disordered eating, and bariatric surgery psychosocial assessment.  Her research interests include outcomes and change in psychosocial variables following treatment for obesity and disordered eating, as well as the study of treatment delivery via telemental health and implementation science. 

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yeshiva University, Clinical Psychology (2017)

Professional Service

Connecticut Psychological Association, Connecticut Psychological AssociationElected Early Career Representative Board Member2022 - Present