Laura Yoviene Sykes, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate


Dr. Yoviene Sykes received her doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, where she received the John F. Santos award for distinctive achievement in psychology. At Notre Dame she worked as a research assistant under Dr. Mark Cummings at the Family Studies Lab and under Dr. Lee Anna Clark at the Center for Advanced Measurement of Personality and Psychopathology; these experiences have guided her developmental approach to serious psychopathology.

Dr. Yoviene Sykes's research has broadly focused on factors that influence risk and resilience in adolescents and young adults. She has specifically focused on how facets of helping relationships (i.e., trust, reliability, personality, feeling understood) can contribute to corrective emotional experiences and reductions in rejection sensitivity, particularly for young people who have experienced disrupted attachments.

Clinically, Dr. Yoviene Sykes specializes in the treatment and assessment of young people who are experiencing clinical high-risk for psychosis or a first psychotic episode. She has had the privilege of training at the CEDAR Clinic, part of Massachusetts Mental Health Center, in which she was trained in evidence-based techniques for conducting comprehensive individual and family focused treatment, consultation, and cognitive testing. In addition, she served as a clinical interviewer for various NIMH-funded research studies examining young people at clinical high-risk for psychosis, including NAPLS III, and studies focusing on cognitive remediation, stigma, and family biofeedback. Consistent with her research on risk and resilience, these experiences have informed her understanding of factors contributing to psychosis risk, as well as the effectiveness and mechanisms through which various interventions shorten the duration of untreated psychosis and promote recovery.

Dr. Yoviene Sykes completed her predoctoral fellowship at Yale's Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and is currently working as a postdoctoral associate in the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) program. She utilizes an integrative, person-centered approach to clinical work and is particularly enthusiastic about the emphasis on the recovery model at Yale.

Education & Training

PhD University of Massachusetts - Boston, Clinical Psychology
MA University of Massachusetts - Boston, Clinical Psychology
BA University of Notre Dame, Psychology
Predoctoral Fellowship Yale University School of Medicine

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