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Yang Jae Lee, MD

Psychiatry Resident

Contact Information

Yang Jae Lee, MD

Mailing Address

  • NRTP - PGY-3 Residents

    128 Mill River St

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States


Dr. Yang Jae Lee graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude double majoring in International Area Studies: Development and Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2015, he developed a deep interest in the Busoga region of Uganda, where he conducted a research project on traditional medicines. Concurrently, he authored a journalism project for which he was awarded the Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for producing the best journalism nationally among students in his category.

He continued engaging with the Busoga region, initiating several collaborative projects with academicians, local government, and community members on various public health interventions and development initiatives. In 2018, he founded the 501(c)3 organization Empower Through Health, where he serves as the Executive Director and Chairperson. Empower Through Health is a non-profit organization that provides medical care to a catchment area of 70,000 people and psychiatric care to a catchment area of over 400,000 people. Alongside their medical and research endeavors, they created equitable educational opportunities for both Ugandan and American pre-doctoral students, while also aspiring to establish a leading global mental health hub.

Since arriving at Yale, he has concentrated on two primary research objectives: diminishing the stigma associated with mental illness; and, cultivating robust systems of care through working with existing community structures to provide effective mental healthcare in rural areas of low-income countries. Through addressing these crucial issues, he aims to make a meaningful contribution towards enhancing the overall well-being of marginalized communities.

Education & Training

  • Resident Physician
    Yale University (2025)
  • MD
    Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2021)
  • AB
    Washington University in St. Louis, International and Area Studies: Development & Biology (2016)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Diversity Leadership FellowshipAmerican Psychiatric Association2024
Emerging-Generation AwardThe American Society for Clinical Investigation2024
Thomas P. Detre Award in Translational Neuroscience ResearchDepartment of Psychiatry2023
Seymour L. Lustman Resident Research AwardDepartment of Psychiatry2023
Wrighton Leadership FellowWashington University in St. Louis2019
Distinguished Alumni ScholarWashington University in St. Louis School of Medicine2017
McDonnell ScholarWashington University in St. Louis2017
National Winner: Mark of Excellence AwardSociety of Professional Journalists2016
Magna Cum LaudeWashington University in St. Louis2016
Phi Beta KappaWashington University in St. Louis2016