Yael Dai, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Dai is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. At CPG, she is excited to provide evidence-based child and parent-focused therapy that will help children develop their brave behaviors. Dr. Dai teaches children to identify the thoughts that contribute to their anxiety, strengthen self-soothing and problem-solving skills, and cultivate distress tolerance. At the same time, she recognizes that caregivers are the experts of their children and are in the best position to support their children’s practice of skills and growth. She works closely with parents to teach them strategies that they can implement to help their children explore their world with confidence.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Dr. Dai practices with cultural humility and aims to create a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment for all clients. She enjoys working with families from diverse backgrounds, learning about each person’s unique experiences, and tailoring evidence-based treatments to support each family’s goals and values. She is also committed to continued education to increase cultural competence.

Research

Dr. Dai is passionate about helping families of young children access tools and resources that will help their children thrive. Her research focuses on promoting early screening, diagnosis, and intervention for children with anxiety disorders or autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She also works on developing and testing parent-mediated telehealth interventions. Dr. Dai is currently working on clinical research in the Psychology department at the University of Massachusetts Boston and at the Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Training

Dr. Dai graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a BA in Psychology. She pursued training in research at the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital before earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. During graduate school, Dr. Dai completed several specialized training opportunities, including providing therapy to children with gastrointestinal conditions at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, conducting individual and group therapy at the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, and providing family therapy at the Psychological Services Clinic at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Dai completed her predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with rotations in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic and the Behavior Management Clinic. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Education

  • Brandeis University, BA
  • University of Connecticut, MS
  • University of Connecticut, PhD
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Predoctoral Internship
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, Postdoctoral Fellowship

Areas of Expertise

Generalized anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, sleep problems, health anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, life transitions, adjustment difficulties, parent-child conflict, depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Unified Protocol, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).