Jessica Yu, Ph.D.

Jessica Yu, Ph.D. Los Altos and Menlo Park

Jessica Yu, Ph.D.
Los Altos and Menlo Park

Dr. Yu is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY29468) with expertise in the evidence-based assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, and behavioral health conditions such as obesity and sleep difficulties. Dr. Yu received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she trained under the mentorship of Dr. G. Terence Wilson, a leader in the field of CBT and eating disorders, and Dr. Howard Leventhal, a renown figure in health psychology. She completed both her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the Behavioral Medicine Program at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Medical Center. Her clinical training also includes experiences as an individual and family therapist, skills trainer, and behavioral health consultant at the Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania, the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University, and the Division of Family Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 
Dr. Yu grounds her clinical practice in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles and skills, while also incorporating techniques from other evidence-based modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and mindfulness. She strives to create a therapeutic environment that is active, collaborative, and respectful -- one in which the client is seen as the expert in his or her own experience, and the therapist on hand to empower the client with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a full and fulfilling life.
Select Publications:

Yu, J., Kuhn, E., Miller, K. E., & Taylor, K. (in press). Smartphone apps for insomnia: Examining existing apps’ usability and adherence to evidence-based principles for insomnia management. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research.
Yu, J., Fei, K., Fox, A., Negron, R., & Horowitz, C. (2016). Stress eating and sleep disturbance as mediators in the relationship between depression and obesity in low-income, minority women. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 10(3), 283-290.

Yu, J., Hildebrandt, T., & Lanzieri, N. (2015). Health care professionals’ stigmatization of men with anabolic androgenic steroid use and eating disorders. Body Image, 15, 49-53.
Yu, J., Agras, W. S., & Bryson, S. W. (2013). Defining recovery in adult bulimia nervosa. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 21(5), 379-394.
Yu, J., & Selby, E. A. (2013). The interaction between affective lability and interpersonal problems in binge eating. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32(5), 465-481.
Yu, J., Agras, W. S., Halmi, K. A., Crow, S., Mitchell, J. E., & Bryson, S. W. (2011). A 1-year follow-up of a multi-center treatment trial of adults with anorexia nervosa. Eating and Weight Disorders, 16(3), e177-181.

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