Yakov Barton, M.A., M.S., is a third-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, Yakov completed his B.A. in psychology and film at UCLA, and a M.A. and M.S. in clinical psychology at Teachers College. His research examines the intersection of developmental and neurological components of spirituality and mental health, focusing specifically on factors of risk and resilience among emerging adults. Yakov is currently Project Coordinator for an empirical study examining the association of spirituality, positive psychology, neurological development, and mental health in emerging adulthood. In addition, Yakov is an Instructor of research developmental and integrative projects for the M.A. program in clinical psychology at Teachers College. Yakov's recent works include an article examining the unique associations of social adjustment and attendance of religious services with major depression published in the Journal of Affective Disorders as well a chapter exploring cultural and spiritual considerations of psychotherapy with Jewish populations for the APA Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity.