Joel Yager, MD
Professor, Psychiatry-Outpatient

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Medical School:
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (1965)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, City University of New York System (NY) (1961)
Residency:
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Jacobi) Program, Chief Resident, Psychiatry (1969)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Outpatient

Recognition & Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Psychiatric Society (2018)
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Psychiatric Association (2014)
  • Special Presidential Commendation Award, American Psychiatric Association (2013)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Academic Psychiatry (2009)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Eating Disorders Association (2007)
  • Marvin Miller Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association for Technology in Psychiatry (2006)
  • Inaugural Distinguished Life Fellow, Association for Academic Psychiatry (2006)

Publications

  • Geppert C, Yager J, Kerwin J. Futility. Chapter 11 (p 189-207) in Westmoreland P (editor). Tipping the Scales: Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Managing Severe Eating Disorders. Washington DC, American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2021.
  • Spaulding-Barclay M, Andersen A, Yager J. Treatment of Eating Disorders: An Historical Perspective. Chapter 1 (p 1-22) in Westmoreland P (editor). Tipping the Scales: Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Managing Severe Eating Disorders. Washington DC. American Psychiatric Association Publishing, 2021.
  • Yager J. Trends in Psychiatric Residency Education and Practice From 1944 to 2019: A Loving, Informal, and Highly Personal Review Served With Gently Roasted Sacred Cow. J Psychiatr Pract. 2020 Nov;26(6):493-502. PubMed PMID: 33275386
  • Yager J, Dagan Y. Response to Letter Regarding the Dagan and Yager Article. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2020 Nov;208(11):912. PubMed PMID: 33105445
  • McIntyre JS, Yager J, Everett A, Galanter CA, Lyness JM, Nininger J, Reus VI, Vergare M. The DSM-5 Clinical and Public Health Committee (CPHC): operations, mechanics, controversies and recommendations. Psychol Med. 2020 Aug 25;:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32840190
  • Yager J, Kay J. Autotraumatic Stress Disorders: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Variants When the Victim Bears Responsibility for the Trauma. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2020 Dec;208(12):947-952. PubMed PMID: 32925695
  • Calderone J, Lopez A, Schwenk S, Yager J, Shore JH. Telepsychiatry and integrated primary care: setting expectations and creating an effective process for success. Mhealth. 2020;6:29. PubMed PMID: 32632367
  • Dagan Y, Yager J. Cannabis and Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Narrative Review With Considerations of Benefits and Harms. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2020 Aug;208(8):619-627. PubMed PMID: 32433200
  • Yager J. Managing Patients With Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa: When Is Enough, Enough?. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2020 Apr;208(4):277-282. PubMed PMID: 32221180
  • Yager J. Irritability Disorders in Adults: Diagnostic Categories Missing in Plain Sight?. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2020 Jun;208(6):459-465. PubMed PMID: 32187127
  • Yager J, Kay J. Clinical Curiosity in Psychiatric Residency Training: Implications for Education and Practice. Acad Psychiatry. 2020 Feb;44(1):90-94. PubMed PMID: 31667792
  • Kay J, Yager J. How Reading Current Literature Stimulates Duh and Yawn Responses. Psychiatric Times, August 2, 2020. https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/how-reading-current-literature-stimulates-duh-yawn-responses
  • Lac-yawn? A Jacques-ular Exchange: From our Readers Gerald P. Perman, MD , Joel Yager, MD , Jerald Kay, MD, Psychiatric Times, September 16, 2020. https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/lac-yawn-a-jacques-ular-exchange-from-our-readers
  • España K, Posada J, Yager J. C-L Psychiatrists Help Distinguish Medical, Psychiatric Issues in Patients With Eating Disorders. Psychiatric News, December 4, 2020, p 16-18. DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2020.11a28. ISSN 0033-2704
  • Yager J, Kay J. Clinical Curiosity in Psychiatric Residency Training: Implications for Education and Practice. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31667792
  • Dagan Y, Yager J. Posttraumatic Growth in Complex PTSD. Psychiatry. 2019 Aug 12;:1-16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31404510
  • Hilty DM, Yager J, Seritan AL, Levine R, DeJong SM, Borus J. A Historical Review of Key Events and Components of Faculty and Professional Development in Psychiatry. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2019 Sep;42(3):357-373. PubMed PMID: 31358117
  • Hilty DM, Unützer J, Ko DG, Luo J, Worley LLM, Yager J. Approaches for Departments, Schools, and Health Systems to Better Implement Technologies Used for Clinical Care and Education. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31172384
  • Carney T, Yager J, Maguire S, Touyz SW. Involuntary Treatment and Quality of Life. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2019 Jun;42(2):299-307. PubMed PMID: 31046931
  • Dagan Y, Yager J. Addressing Loneliness in Complex PTSD. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 Jun;207(6):433-439. PubMed PMID: 31045977
  • Pejic V, Thant T, Hess RS, Cornell S, DeJesus J, Yager J, Savin D. Learning from Our Patients: Training Psychiatry Residents in Refugee Mental Health. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Oct;43(5):471-479. PubMed PMID: 30927166
  • Thant T, Yager J. Updating Apathy: Using Research Domain Criteria to Inform Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis of Disorders of Motivation. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 Sep;207(9):707-714. PubMed PMID: 30256334
  • Reus VI, Fochtmann LJ, Bukstein O, Eyler AE, Hilty DM, Horvitz-Lennon M, Mahoney J, Pasic J, Weaver M, Wills CD, McIntyre J, Kidd J, Yager J, Hong SH. The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder. Focus (Am Psychiatr Publ). 2019 Apr;17(2):158-162. PubMed PMID: 32021585
  • Yager J, Ganzini L, Nguyen DH, Rapp EK. Dr Yager and Colleagues Reply. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 Nov 27;79(6). PubMed PMID: 30549492
  • Thant T, Yager J. Updating Apathy: Using Research Domain Criteria to Inform Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis of Disorders of Motivation. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2018 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30256334
  • Dagan Y, Yager J. Severe bupropion XR abuse in a patient with long-standing bulimia nervosa and complex PTSD. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Oct;51(10):1207-1209. PubMed PMID: 30230570
  • Yager J, Ritvo A, Wolfe JH, Feinstein RE. A Survival Guide to Low-Resource Peer-Reviewed Creative Scholarship for Aspiring Clinician-Educators. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 Dec;42(6):841-846. PubMed PMID: 30109545
  • Yager J, Ganzini L, Nguyen DH, Rapp EK. Working With Decisionally Capable Patients Who Are Determined to End Their Own Lives. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 May 22;79(4). PubMed PMID: 29873952
  • Reus VI, Fochtmann LJ, Bukstein O, Eyler AE, Hilty DM, Horvitz-Lennon M, Mahoney J, Pasic J, Weaver M, Wills CD, McIntyre J, Kidd J, Yager J, Hong SH. The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Jan 1;175(1):86-90. PubMed PMID: 29301420
  • Feinstein RE, Yager J. A Live Threat Violence Simulation Exercise for Psychiatric Outpatient Departments: A Valuable Aid to Training in Violence Prevention. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 Oct;42(5):598-604. PubMed PMID: 29086243
  • Yager J, Kay J. Overextended Personality Disorder is Epidemic in Academic Medical Centers: Proposed Criteria and Preliminary Treatment Suggestions. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 Aug;42(4):548-551. PubMed PMID: 28864956
  • Yager J, Ganzini L, Nguyen DH, Rapp EK. Dr Yager and Colleagues Reply. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 Nov 27;79(6). PubMed PMID: 30549492
  • Dagan Y, Yager J. Severe bupropion XR abuse in a patient with long-standing bulimia nervosa and complex PTSD. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Oct;51(10):1207-1209. PubMed PMID: 30230570
  • Yager J, Ritvo A, Wolfe JH, Feinstein RE. A Survival Guide to Low-Resource Peer-Reviewed Creative Scholarship for Aspiring Clinician-Educators. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 Dec;42(6):841-846. PubMed PMID: 30109545
  • Yager J, Ganzini L, Nguyen DH, Rapp EK. Working With Decisionally Capable Patients Who Are Determined to End Their Own Lives. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 May 22;79(4). PubMed PMID: 29873952
  • Reus VI, Fochtmann LJ, Bukstein O, Eyler AE, Hilty DM, Horvitz-Lennon M, Mahoney J, Pasic J, Weaver M, Wills CD, McIntyre J, Kidd J, Yager J, Hong SH. The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Jan 1;175(1):86-90. PubMed PMID: 29301420
  • Feinstein RE, Yager J. A Live Threat Violence Simulation Exercise for Psychiatric Outpatient Departments: A Valuable Aid to Training in Violence Prevention. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 Oct;42(5):598-604. PubMed PMID: 29086243
  • Yager J, Kay J. Overextended Personality Disorder is Epidemic in Academic Medical Centers: Proposed Criteria and Preliminary Treatment Suggestions. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 Aug;42(4):548-551. PubMed PMID: 28864956
  • Yager J, Feinstein RE. A Common Factors Approach to Psychotherapy With Chronically Suicidal Patients: Wrestling With the Angel of Death. Psychiatry. 2017 Fall;80(3):207-220. PubMed PMID: 29087254
  • Feinstein RE, Yager J. A Live Threat Violence Simulation Exercise for Psychiatric Outpatient Departments: A Valuable Aid to Training in Violence Prevention. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29086243
  • Yager J, Kay J. Much of What We Have Needed to Know as Academic Managers We Learned Leading Teenage Jazz Groups. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29030740
  • Yager J. Contending With Preplanned Death: Questions for Clinicians. J Psychiatr Pract. 2017 Sep;23(5):366-374. PubMed PMID: 28902070
  • Yager J, Kay J. Overextended Personality Disorder is Epidemic in Academic Medical Centers: Proposed Criteria and Preliminary Treatment Suggestions. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28864956
  • Yager J, Taintor Z. Endemic Publishiasis: Redux and Growing. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28812254
  • Yager J, Feinstein RE. General Psychiatric Management for Suicidal Patients, With Remarks on Chronicity: Contending With the Angel of Death. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2017 Jun;205(6):419-426. PubMed PMID: 28557882
  • Yager J, Katzman JW. Meeting Disorders. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Mar 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28255855
  • Yager J, Feinstein RE. Tools for Practical Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Collection (or Interventions Which Have, At Least, Worked for Us). J Psychiatr Pract. 2017 Jan;23(1):60-77. PubMed PMID: 28072647
  • Yager J, Feinstein RE. Potential Applications of the National Institute of Mental Health's Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) to Clinical Psychiatric Practice: How RDoC Might Be Used in Assessment, Diagnostic Processes, Case Formulation, Treatment Planning, and Clinical Notes. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Apr;78(4):423-432. PubMed PMID: 28002661
  • Yager J, Kay J. Much of What We Have Needed to Know as Academic Managers We Learned Leading Teenage Jazz Groups. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;41(6):753-756. PubMed PMID: 29030740
  • Yager J, Taintor Z. Endemic Publishiasis: Redux and Growing. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;41(6):833-838. PubMed PMID: 28812254
  • Yager J, Katzman JW. Meeting Disorders. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;41(6):807-818. PubMed PMID: 28255855
  • Yager J, Feinstein RE. A Common Factors Approach to Psychotherapy With Chronically Suicidal Patients: Wrestling With the Angel of Death. Psychiatry. 2017 Fall;80(3):207-220. PubMed PMID: 29087254
  • Yager J. Contending With Preplanned Death: Questions for Clinicians. J Psychiatr Pract. 2017 Sep;23(5):366-374. PubMed PMID: 28902070
  • Yager J, Feinstein RE. Potential Applications of the National Institute of Mental Health's Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) to Clinical Psychiatric Practice: How RDoC Might Be Used in Assessment, Diagnostic Processes, Case Formulation, Treatment Planning, and Clinical Notes. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Apr;78(4):423-432. PubMed PMID: 28002661
  • Yager J, Feinstein RE. Potential Applications of the National Institute of Mental Health's Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) to Clinical Psychiatric Practice: How RDoC Might Be Used in Assessment, Diagnostic Processes, Case Formulation, Treatment Planning, and Clinical Notes. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28002661
  • Reus VI, Fochtmann LJ, Eyler AE, Hilty DM, Horvitz-Lennon M, Jibson MD, Lopez OL, Mahoney J, Pasic J, Tan ZS, Wills CD, Rhoads R, Yager J. The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline on the Use of Antipsychotics to Treat Agitation or Psychosis in Patients With Dementia. Am J Psychiatry. 2016 May 1;173(5):543-6. PubMed PMID: 27133416
  • Hilty DM, Shoemaker EZ, Myers K, Snowdy CE, Yellowlees PM, Yager J. Need for and Steps Toward a Clinical Guideline for the Telemental Healthcare of Children and Adolescents. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2016 Apr;26(3):283-95. PubMed PMID: 26871510
  • Duffy FF, Fochtmann LJ, Clarke DE, Barber K, Hong SH, Yager J, Moscicki EK, Plovnick RM. Psychiatrists' Comfort Using Computers and Other Electronic Devices in Clinical Practice. Psychiatr Q. 2016 Sep;87(3):571-84. PubMed PMID: 26667248
  • Moroze RM, Dunn TM, Craig Holland J, Yager J, Weintraub P. Microthinking about micronutrients: a case of transition from obsessions about healthy eating to near-fatal "orthorexia nervosa" and proposed diagnostic criteria. Psychosomatics. 2015 Jul-Aug;56(4):397-403. PubMed PMID: 25016349
  • Feinstein R, Heiman N, Yager J. Common factors affecting psychotherapy outcomes: some implications for teaching psychotherapy. J Psychiatr Pract. 2015 May;21(3):180-9. PubMed PMID: 25955260
  • Libbon R, Hamalian G, Yager J. Self-cannibalism (autosarcophagy) in psychosis: a case report. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2015 Feb;203(2):152-3. PubMed PMID: 25629666
  • Feinstein RE, Huhn R, Yager J. Apprenticeship Model of Psychotherapy Training and Supervision: Utilizing Six Tools of Experiential Learning. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Oct;39(5):585-9. PubMed PMID: 25663305
  • Silverman JJ, Galanter M, Jackson-Triche M, Jacobs DG, Lomax JW 2nd, Riba MB, Tong LD, Watkins KE, Fochtmann LJ, Rhoads RS, Yager J. The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Aug 1;172(8):798-802. PubMed PMID: 26234607
  • Yager J. The Futility of Arguing About Medical Futility in Anorexia Nervosa: The Question Is How Would You Handle Highly Specific Circumstances?. Am J Bioeth. 2015;15(7):47-50. PubMed PMID: 26147266
  • Yager J. Updating Empathy. Psychiatry. 2015;78(2):134-40. PubMed PMID: 26168091
  • Yager J. Addressing Patients' Psychic Pain. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Oct 1;172(10):939-43. PubMed PMID: 26423477
  • Yager J, Katzman JE. Bureaucrapathologies: Galloping Regulosis, Assessment Degradosis, and Other Unintended Organizational Maladies in Post-Graduate Medical Education. Acad Psychiatry. 2015 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26108393
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Practice Locations

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

UCHealth Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 E. 17th Pl
Fitzsimons Bldg, 2nd Floor, West Wing
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-1000

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Psychiatry, Board Certification (2008)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health and Behavior

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (1965)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, City University of New York System (NY) (1961)
Residency Programs:
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Jacobi) Program, Chief Resident, Psychiatry (1969)
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Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Outpatient
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