DR. YURI LEE, PH.D.

U.S. Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Yuri Lee is a Licensed Psychologist in the US (NY). She was born in Korea and grew up, studied, and/or worked in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the UK.

Overview

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
  • MA & BA in Clinical Psychology, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Primary Care Psychology, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA
  • Predoctoral Intern in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA

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Dr. Lee graduated from Yonsei University with a degree in psychology, and completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has trained in a wide range of clinical settings including academic medical centers (outpatient and inpatient psychiatry, pediatric oncology), community mental health centers, primary care (integrated behavioral health), school/college counseling, and private practice in NY, Chicago, and Seoul.

She has worked with adult and child/adolescent clients with diverse cultural, national, racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Lee has also worked as an intern and volunteer with the World Health Organization working on a project to reform mental health services and improve human rights conditions of mental health facilities around the world.

She has conducted research on environmental and sociocultural factors that affect mental health, trauma interventions for youth, and predictors of mental health service use in different populations. Dr. Lee is fluent in English and Korean, and has advanced proficiency in Spanish.

  • Burnett-Zeigler, I., Lee, Y., & Bohnert, K. M. (2018). Ethnic Identity, Acculturation, and 12-Month Psychiatric Service Utilization Among Black and Hispanic Adults in the US. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research45(1), 13-30.
  • Rhee, M. A., Chung, K. M., Lee, Y., Choi, H. K., Han, J. W., Kim, H. S., … & Lyu, C. J. (2014). Impact of psychological and cancer-related factors on HRQoL for Korean childhood cancer survivors. Quality of Life Research, 1-10.
  • Jordan, N., Sohn, M. W., Bartle, B., Valenstein, M., Lee, Y. & Lee, T. A. (2014). Association between Chronic Illness Complexity and Receipt of Evidence-Based Depression Care. Medical Care.
  • Lee, Y. R. & Oh, K. J. (2012). Validation of reasons for living and their relationship with suicidal ideation in Korean college students.  Death Studies, 36(8), 712-722.
  • Lee, Y., Burnett-Zeigler, I., & Jordan, N. (2014). The associations between acculturative stress, anxiety and depression among Black and Latino youth in residential treatment. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention 2014, Washington, DC.
  • Burnett-Zeigler, I., Lee, Y. & Bohnert, K. (2013). Ethnic identity, acculturation, and discrimination and 12-month psychiatric service use in Black, Hispanic, and Asian populations in the US. Paper accepted to be presented in the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention 2013, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Lee, Y. & Jordan, N. (2012). Mental health and service use probability in Asian Americans with depression-physical comorbidities. Poster presented at the 2012 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Lee, Y. & Oh, K. J. (2010). A comparison of reasons for living in Korean, Korean-American, and European-American college students.  Poster presented at the 2010 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Boston, MA.
  • Lee, Y. & Oh, K. J. (2008). Reasons for living and suicidal ideation in Korean college students. Poster presented at the 6th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy 2008, Rome, Italy.
  • Lee, Y. & Oh, K. J. (2008). Cognitive buffers against suicide: Validation of the factor structure of the reasons for living inventory in a Korean sample. Poster presented at the 6th International Conference of Cognitive Science, Seoul, Korea.
  • Lee, Y. & Chung, K. M. (2007). Anxiety and depression among survivors of childhood cancer in Korea.  Poster presented at the 2007 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT), Barcelona, Spain.

I take an integrative approach to psychotherapy, and tailor the treatment plan and method according to the needs and preferences of the client. I use both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to care. I believe we as humans each have enormous strengths and resilience, talent, wisdom, and healing potential within ourselves. I see my role as helping activate those aspects of an individual and release old emotions, trauma, and behaviors that get in the way of living and blossoming as one’s authentic self.

I also appreciate the role of the mind-body connection, creativity, and spirituality (not the same as religiosity!) in mental health and holistic well-being. I may therefore suggest the client activities beyond traditional talk therapy that have been shown to promote mental health and well-being, such as mindfulness exercises/meditation, exercise, creative arts, healthy eating, and/or bibliotherapy, among others, and integrate them into the treatment process.

With children, I usually work with both the child and parent/family to ensure effectiveness. With adults, I may also at times include family members as needed and/or wanted by the client.