Yan Leykin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Palo Alto University

Yan Leykin, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Palo Alto University, and a licensed clinical psychologist. He received a BA in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley (2001), and a MA and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (2003 and 2008). Returning to the Bay Area, he completed a clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Psychology and Medicine program at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2010, he joined the UCSF Department of Psychiatry as Assistant Professor. In 2015, he joined the faculty at PAU. 

Dr. Leykin's research program focuses on two areas. First, he studies the decision-making of individuals with depression. He works to better understand the decisional considerations that shape the choices depressed individuals make (with an emphasis on treatment-related decisions), and to develop methods to improve decisions and decision-making. Second, he develops CBT-based internet interventions and other online resources for individuals for depression. He works to streamline and optimize fully-automated internet interventions, to customize them to individual users, and to encourage the use of these resources. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, UCSF Academic Senate, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Seed Fund. 


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (2008) 

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (2003) 

B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley (2001) 

Publications on Pubmed

Featured Publications: 

Adverse childhood experiences and prenatal mental health: Type of ACEs and age of maltreatment onset.

Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)

Atzl VM, Narayan AJ, Rivera LM, Lieberman AF

PTSD with and without dissociation in young children exposed to interpersonal trauma.

Journal of affective disorders

Hagan MJ, Gentry M, Ippen CG, Lieberman AF