TTP #94: Dr. Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian – Early Identification of Psychosis

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How many of us have been in a clinical interview and wondered, “Could this be a thought disorder?” Sometimes it’s unclear which symptoms are worth concern and which ones are more typical. My guest today, Dr. Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, has been conducting research and practice with psychotic disorders and prodromal states for nearly her entire academic career. We cover a lot of ground during this interview. Here are just a few things that we discuss:

  • When should we really start assessing for psychosis?
  • How to separate OCD from delusions or hallucinations?
  • The CEDAR Clinic’s standard battery for assessing psychotic symptoms
  • Treatment recommendations for high-risk individuals

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About Dr. Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Clinical Team Leader for the CEDAR Clinic. Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian supervises trainees in the clinic, and meets with young adults and families for consultations, educational groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian presents at schools and other community youth agencies to raise awareness about new advances in early detection and treatment of early signs of psychosis. Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian also does the Director of Psychology Training in the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis Program (PREP), another early psychosis program housed at The Spot.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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