Yan Yuan*

Yan Yuan earned her master’s degree in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania, and her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Nanjing University. Her primary research interests reside within:

  • Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Early childhood adversity and its clinical implications 
  • Emotion/affect dysregulation
  • Distress Tolerance and Pain
  • Psychosocial treatment methodologies targeting the severely mentally ill
  • Evidence-based mental health interventions especially to the minority and other underserved communities

Prior to her pursuit of a Ph.D. degree, Yan has many years of mental health counseling and program development experience. She also assumed a clinical leadership role for a community mental health organization for four years, developing and monitoring clinical and behavioral intervention programs for individuals with severe mental illness.

Representative Publications

Yuan, Y., & Newhill, C. (April, 2017), A Systematic Review of the Role of Trauma in the Development of Borderline Personality Disorder. Poster presented at 5th conference of North America Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, New York, NY. 

Yuan, Y., Fusco, R. & Newhill, C. (Jan, 2018) The Mediating Role of Emotion Dysregulation in the Developmental Pathways from Trauma to Borderline Personality Disorder. Poster presented at 22nd annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Yuan, Y., Scott, L., & Newhill, C. (Jan, 2019), Trauma, Emotion Dysregulation, and Borderline Personality Disorder Features in Young Women. Oral Presentation at 23rd annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Fusco, R., Yuan, Y., Hyunji, L., & Newhill, C. (Jan, 2019), Trauma, Sleep, and Mental Health Problems in Low-Income Young Adults. Oral Presentation at 23rd annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Hruschak, V., Yuan, Y., Beaugard, C., Pacella, M., Rosen, D., & Cochran, G. (Jan, 2019), Distress Intolerance in Patients with Depression and Pain Catastrophizing: Implications for Pain Care and the Social Work Profession. Poster presentation at 23rd annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Hyunji, L., Yuan, Y., Fusco, R., & Newhill, C. (Jan, 2019), Poly-Victimization and Mental Health in Youth: Mediating Roles of Trauma and Sleep. Poster Presentation at 23rd annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.