Editor Profile

Joel Yager, MD

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry Board

Joel Yager, MD, is Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Colorado. He also holds Emeritus Professor positions in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Yager's clinical and research interests include eating disorders, psychiatric education, health services, and other aspects of general psychiatry. He has received the Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Medical Association, the Vestermark Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education from the American Psychiatric Association and the NIMH, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Yager has been writing for NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry since its inception in 1995.


Editorial boards

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic; Eating Disorders Review (Editor-in-Chief Emeritus); International Journal of Eating Disorders; UpToDate; FOCUS: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry

Summaries by Joel Yager

  • August 24, 2016

    Dealing with Resistance in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

    1. Joel Yager, MD

    Patients with generalized anxiety disorders whose CBT therapists directly and supportively addressed their resistance showed better outcomes.

  • August 23, 2016

    A New Direction for Treatment-Resistant Depression?

    1. Joel Yager, MD

    More than a third of treatment-resistant patients had cerebral folate deficiencies, and all who were treated with folinic acid showed some improvement in depression.

  • August 19, 2016

    The Risk for Dying by Suicide After an Initial Attempt

    1. Joel Yager, MD

    In a 25-year study, 5% of people who made a first-time suicide attempt ultimately died, most typically in the initial attempt or within the year.

  • August 10, 2016

    PTSD and the Neighborhood

    1. Joel Yager, MD

    Disordered neighborhoods and their social cohesion can alter the course of illness and, possibly, its persistence.

  • July 26, 2016

    How Resilient Are Bereaved Spouses?

    1. Joel Yager, MD

    In a 13-year prospective study, 20% of bereaved spouses showed little resilience across five dimensions of psychological and physical status.

  • July 21, 2016

    Identifying the Subtypes of Bipolar Depression

    1. Joel Yager, MD

    A sophisticated statistical analysis of depressive episodes in bipolar I and bipolar II patients reveals several possible subtypes distinguished by key clinical features.