Joel Yager, M.D.

Joel Yager is Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Education and Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research and scholarly work has focused on eating disorders, primary care aspects of psychiatry, family therapy, and stress, among other areas. In 1998 he was awarded an NIMH grant to establish a program in minority related mental health services. He has authored or co-authored more than 240 professional articles and book chapters, and has edited or co-edited seven books including Teaching Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, The Future of Psychiatry as a Medical Specialty, and Special Problems in the Management of Eating Disorders. He currently serves on the editorial board of five psychiatric journals, including the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. He has been a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Executive Committees and Steering Committees on Practice Guidelines since its inception. In addition to other honors, he was an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Lecturer, and received the American Medical Association’s 1989 Joseph B. Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition for work in eating disorders, the 1996 American Psychiatric Association-National Institute of Mental Health Vestermark Award for work in psychiatric education, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Academy for Eating Disorders in 2001.