Yovanska Duarte-Velez PhD

Yovanska Duarte-Velez, PhD

Yovanska Duarte-Velez, PhD, is a child and family psychologist and an assistant professor (research) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Rio Piedras Campus University of Puerto Rico and completed a training grant in Brown University funded by the National Institute of Mental Health on developing a psychosocial treatment for Latinx youth at suicidal risk.

Dr. Duarte-Velez has received different fellowships. Among some of the most important she participated in the 11th annual Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions in Warrenton, Virginia, and the National Institute on Minority- Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD) Translational Health Disparities Course in Bethesda, Maryland.

She is an experienced cognitive-behavioral therapist and trainer, and a specialist in suicide risk assessment and intervention. She has particular expertise in treating high-risk Latinx youth and adults.

Dr. Duarte-Velez’s research interests center on developing and tailoring treatments for minoritized populations according to their needs and cultural values and incorporating health disparity studies into her research.

Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed professional journals, and she has been an investigator in several federally funded research studies.

Dr. Duarte-Velez is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Suicidology, and the National Latinx Psychological Association, and a board member of Progreso Latino, a social services agency in Central Falls that serves Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities.



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  • Post Graduate:  University of Puerto Rico Medical School, San Juan
  • Fellowship:  Institute for Psychological Research, San Juan, PR