Paula Yanes-Lukin, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
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Paula Yanes-Lukin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is the Director of Psychology at the Youth Treatment and Evaluation of Anxiety and Mood (Y-TEAM) Program/Children’s Day Unit (CDU), a day treatment and research program that offers evidence-based assessments and treatments for children and adolescents who are struggling due to difficulties with mood and anxiety.

Dr. Yanes-Lukin graduated with her B.A. in psychology from Amherst College, and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She completed her internship training at the Hudson River Regional Psychology Internship Consortium, and her postdoctoral training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. Yanes-Lukin specializes in the provision of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and mood disorders and has had training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents. She has experience working with both adult and youth populations, as well as families. Her research interests include avoidance coping and novel treatments for anxiety and mood disorders in youth.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Psychology, Youth Treatment and Evaluation of Anxiety and Mood (Y-TEAM) Program and Children's Day Unit (CDU)


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2003 Psychology, Amherst College
  • MA, 2009 Clinical Psychology, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
  • PhD, 2012 Clinical Psychology , State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
  • Fellowship: 2013 New York State Psychiatric Institute


Dr. Paula Yanes-Lukin’s research interests include cognitive and behavioral avoidance coping strategies and novel treatments for anxiety and mood disorders in youth.

Selected Publications

Mufson, L., Yanes-Lukin, P., Anderson, G. (2015). A pilot study of Brief IPT-A delivered in primary care. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37(5), 481-484.

Mufson, L., Rynn, M., Yanes-Lukin, P., Hwei Choo, T., Soren, K., Stewart, E. & Wall, M. (2018). Stepped care interpersonal psychotherapy treatment for depressed adolescents: A pilot study in pediatric clinics. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Service Research, 45, 417-431.

Roberts, J.E., Yanes-Lukin, P. & Kyung, Y. (2018). Distinctions between autobiographical memory specificity and detail: Trajectories across cue presentations. Consciousness and Cognition, 65, 342-351.

Reyes-Portillo, J. A., McGlinchey, E. L., Yanes-Lukin, P. K., Turner, J. B., & Mufson, L. (2017). Mediators of interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents on outcomes in Latinos: The role of peer and family interpersonal functioning. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 5, 248-260.

Mufson, L., Yanes-Lukin, P., &Anderson, G. (2015). A Pilot study of Brief IPT-A delivered in primary care. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37, 481-484.

Kyung, Y., Yanes-Lukin, P., & Roberts, J. E. (2015). Specificity and detail in autobiographical memory: Same or different constructs?. Memory, 1-13.

Mufson, L., Yanes-Lukin, P., Gunlicks-Stoessel, M., & Wickramaratne, P. (2014). Cultural Competency and Its Effect on Treatment Outcome of IPT-A in School-Based Health Clinics. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 68, 417-442.

*Yanes, P.K., Morse, G., Hsiao, C.B., Simms, L., & Roberts, J.E. (2012). Autobiographical memory specificity and the persistence of depressive symptoms in HIV-positive patients: Rumination and social problem-solving skills as mediators. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 1496-1507.

Neumann, A.M., Giambrone, A.K., Yanes, P.K., Jaanimagi, U., Wisniewski, A.M., Valtin, L.L., Matteson, G., Tumiel-Berhalter, L., & Blondell, R.D. (2012). Validity of self-reported psychiatric diagnoses among patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. Mental Health and Substance Use, 1-13.

Neumann, A., Ojong, T.N., Yanes, P.K., Tumiel-Berhalter, L., Daigler, G.E., & Blondell, R.D. (2010). Differences between adolescents who complete and fail to complete residential substance abuse treatment. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 29, 427-435.

*Yanes, P.K., Tiffany, S.T., & Roberts, J.E. (2010). Cognitive therapy for co-occurring Depression and behaviors associated with Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 9, 369-382.

*Yanes, P.K., Roberts, J.E. & Carlos, E.L. (2008). Does overgeneral autobiographical memory result from poor memory for instructions? Memory, 16, 669-677.