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Laura Yoviene Sykes, PhD

Instructor in Psychiatry; Secretary, CPA Educational Foundation Board

Contact Information

Laura Yoviene Sykes, PhD

Mailing Address

  • 34 Park St

    New Haven, CT 06519

    United States


Laura Yoviene Sykes, a licensed clinical psychologist, earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, under the mentorship of Dr. Jean Rhodes. 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. 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.

Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Yoviene Sykes completed her pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, including specialized training in treating first episode psychosis at the STEP program.

Currently, Dr. Yoviene Sykes is the Director of the Connecticut Early Psychosis Learning Health Network, a new initiative that will engage key health care providers in workforce development and care coordination for recent onset psychosis across the state. Dr. Yoviene Sykes also serves as a staff psychologist and oversees the provision of family services for the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) clinic at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC).

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Yale School of Medicine (2020)
  • Predoctoral Fellowship
    Yale School of Medicine (2018)
  • PhD
    University of Massachusetts - Boston, Clinical Psychology
  • MA
    University of Massachusetts - Boston, Clinical Psychology
  • BA
    University of Notre Dame, Psychology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
John F. Santos Award for Distinctive Achievement in PsychologyUniversity of Notre Dame2012

Professional Service

APA - Division 18: Psychologists in Public ServiceMember2019 - Present

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