Dr. Daniela Yaar, Ph.D. Associate Psychologist

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Dr. Yaar is a licensed clinical psychologist. She worked in the psychiatry unit of hospitals across New York before joining Mindful Consulting Group as an associate psychologist.

Dr. Yaar earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University after receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Tel-Aviv University and a Master of Arts in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. During her clinical training, Dr. Yaar worked at various hospitals in the NY area, including: Beth Israel Hospital, Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center, Bellevue, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Zucker Hillside Hospital, where she completed her postdoctoral training. In these settings, she conducted psychotherapy sessions, administered psychological testing, provided assessment, and conducted intakes.  Dr. Yaar has experience conducting group and individual therapy sessions with children and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In her work with children, she incorporates play therapy as a means of communicating and understanding underlying and at times unconscious processes. Dr. Yaar’s experiences, in working with both adults and children, have greatly contributed to her well-rounded and holistic view of human development.

Throughout her experiences, Dr. Yaar has become an expert at providing the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID) and psychological assessments. She has been trained professionally in Reflective Functioning Training, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Relational Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Yaar works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective; however, when clinically appropriate she incorporates elements from CBT and DBT. 

Dr. Yaar also participates in research in Dr. Nicolas Popouchis’s lab in Long Island University. She examined the relationship between childhood maltreatment and adult aggressive behaviors as her dissertation topic, which received an excellence award. As a research assistant in John Jay, she studied psychopathy, trained in and conducted means-end problem solving interviews, group training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and performed NEEDS assessments for Danbury Prison’s inmate literacy program

Education

  • Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, 2012
  • M.A. in Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2006
  • B.A. in General History, Sociology, and Anthropology, 2003

Presented Papers, Lectures, Exhibitions

  • Del Gaizo, A., Falkenbach, D., & Yaar, D. (2006, March) Perception of emotional cues in  individuals scoring high on primary versus secondary psychopathic traits. Poster presentation at the American Psychology Law Society (APLS) Florida, 2006.
  • Del Gaizo, A., Yaar, D., & Falkenbach, D. (2006, June) The Stunted Emotional Perception of the Depressed Psychopath. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual International association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Falkenbach, D., Yaar, D., & Del Gaizo, A. (2006, June) The subtypes of psychopathy and their relation to personality disorders. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual International association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Falkenbach, Del Gaizo, A., & D., Yaar, D. (2006, June) Psychopathy and its association to positive and negative affect. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual International association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Yaar, D. (2005, May) Describing Psychopathy and its underlying subtypes as extreme variations of normal personality traits (part I). Poster presentation at First Annual Forensic Psychology Graduate Research Conference, New York, NY.
  • Yaar, D., Falkenbach, D., Del Gaizo, A. (2006, March) Describing Psychopathy and its underlying subtypes as extreme variations of normal personality traits. Poster presentation at the American Psychology Law Society (APLS) Florida, 2006.
  • Yaar, D., Falkenbach, M. D., Kirshnan, S., & Del Gaizo, A. (2006, May) Depression and high-risk sexual behavior. Poster presentation at the American Psychology Society (APS) New York, 2006.
  • Yaar, D., Del Gaizo, A., & Falkenbach, D. (2006, June) Emotional perception and its relation to aggressive behaviors of the anxious psychopath. Paper presentation at the 6th Annual International association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Amsterdam, Netherlands.