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Yulia Landa, PsyD, MS

Yulia Landa, PsyD, MS, is an assistant professor of Psychiatry and director of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the Critical Connections psychosis program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Landa completed a post-doctoral fellowship in schizophrenia treatment and research at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, and a comprehensive training in CBT as a scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Following her post-doctoral training, she joined the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she served as faculty before joining Mount Sinai.

Dr. Landa’s work has established innovative programs aimed at improving early identification and treatment of youth and young adults with early psychosis. These programs deliver state of the art treatment, advance research, and provide training for mental health professionals. Dr. Landa’s research focuses on developing and evaluating targeted CBT for the treatment and prevention of psychosis and identifying critical mechanisms (psychological and neurobiological) of their effects. The work she has conducted on standardizing and evaluating group CBT for delusions, and group and family-based CBT for youth at clinical high risk for psychosis are among the first standardized CBTp models in the United States. Dr. Landa’s research has been supported by numerous grants, including NIMH, SAMHSA, and the National Alliance for Research of Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders. To facilitate the dissemination of CBTp, Dr. Landa has developed CBTp training programs and has been teaching clinicians in the United States and internationally.

Research Interests

Psychosis, prevention, delusions, group and family-based CBT for the treatment and prevention of psychosis, psychotherapeutic process, reasoning, metacognition


Prevention of Symptoms and Psychosis through Education and Cognitive Therapy (ProSPECT) (2018-2022)

Role: Sub-award principal investigator. Funding source: SAMHSA.

Early Stage Identification and Engagement to Reduce Duration of Untreated Psychosis (EaSIE) (2017-2020)

Role: Principal investigator. Funding source: NIMH.

Missouri System of Care Community Enhancement for Early Signs and Symptoms (SOC-SESS) (2016-2020)

Role: Sub-award principal investigator. Funding source: SAMHSA.

Group and Family Based CBT for Youth at Risk for Psychosis: Virtual Patient-Avatar to Assist Caregiver (2014-2020)

Role: Principal investigator. Funding source: Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation Award

Clinical Trials

Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in the United States

Start date: February 2018. Completion date: September 2020.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Prevention of Paranoia in Adolescents at High Risk

Start date: October 2012. Completion date: September 2018.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Paranoia in Schizophrenia

Start date: September 2006. Completion date: June 2017.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Delusions

Start date: April 2008. Completion date: June 2009.

In the News

Advancing care for people at risk for psychosis within a large hospital system in New York City (Public Service Psychology, 2018)

Technology Trends: Early Intervention in Psychosis With Speech (Social Work Today, 2018)

Publications (Selected)

A full list of Dr. Landa’s publications can be found here.

Corcoran C, Landa Y. Ethical issues in psychosis screening and prevention. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 2018.

Landa Y, Mueser KT, Wyka KE, Shreck E, Jespersen R, Jacobs MA, Griffin KW, van der Gaag M, Reyna VF, Beck AT, Silbersweig DA, Walkup JT. Development of A Group-and -Family-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Prevention Program for Youth at Risk for Psychosis Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2016.

Perez D, Pan H, Weisholtz S, Root J, Tuescher O, Fischer D, Butler T, Vago D, Isenberg N, Epstein J, Landa Y, Smith T, Savitz A, Silbersweig DA, Stern E. Altered Threat and Safety Neural Processing Linked to Persecutory Delusions in Schizophrenia: A Two Task fMRI Study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 2015.

Reyna VF, Landa Y. Multiple Traces or Fuzzy Traces? Converging Evidence for Applications of Modern Cognitive Theory to Psychotherapy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2015.

Landa Y, Silverstein SM, Shwartz F, Savitz A. Group CBT for delusions: Helping patients improve reality testing. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 2006.



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