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Yakov Barton

Yakov Barton, M.A., M.S., M.Phil., is a fifth-year doctoral candidate 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, positive psychology, and mental health, focusing specifically on factors of risk and resilience among emerging adults. Yakov is currently Project Director 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 Positive Psychology, as well as Research Development and Integrative Frojects, for the M.A. program in clinical psychology at Teachers College. Yakov's recent works include an article examining the shared relationship of positive psychology and spirituality and an article on neurological correlates of developmental depression, both published in the Journal of Religion and Health. Yakov has also conducted research examining the unique associations of social adjustment and attendance of religious services with major depression, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, as well co-authored a chapter exploring cultural and spiritual considerations of psychotherapy with Jewish populations for the APA Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity.

Recent Publications

Barton, Y. A., & Miller, L. (2015). Spirituality and Positive Psychology Go Hand in Hand: An Investigation of Multiple Empirically Derived Profiles and Related Protective Benefits. Journal of religion and health, 1-15.

Miller, L., & Barton, Y. A. (2015). Developmental Depression in Adolescents: A Potential Sub-type Based on Neural Correlates and Comorbidity. Journal of religion and health, 54(3), 817-828.

Miller, L., Barton, Y.A., Mazur, M., & Lovinger, R. (2013). Psychotherapy with Conservative and Reform Jews. In P. S. Richards (Eds.), Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (Invited Chapter), APA Books. In press.

Barton, Y.A., Miller, L., Wickramaratne, P., Gameroff, M.J., & Weissman, M.M. (2013). Religious attendance and social adjustment as protective against depression: A 10-year prospective study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 146, 53-57.