Yaara joined The Preference Laboratory at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI) as a Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2015 under the mentorship of Professor Glyn Elwyn after completing her Ph.D. at The University of Haifa.
Yaara is a Psychologist (M.A. Summa Cum Laude) and a Mental Health Researcher (Ph.D.) with experience and interest in conducting Translational Research to promote Recovery, Community Inclusion, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation of people with severe mental illnesses in both the clinical and community setting. Yaara employs Shared Decision Making models, Patient-Centered Communication Methods, and Positive Psychology principles to facilitate Patient Engagement and Motivation for Change in the mental health setting. In addition, Yaara is an experienced methodologist with a rich background in psychometric studies, statistics, and evaluation research. She has been involved in the development, design, implementation, and analysis of studies and trials to evaluate mental health interventions and tools for clinicians and people with severe mental illnesses.