Dr Yifrah Kaminer

Professor of Psychiatry & PediatricsDr Yifrah

Dr. Kaminer received his M.D. from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv Univ. Israel. 

Dr. Kaminer main interest has been focusing on clinical research of the assessment, treatment and continuity of care of high-risk behaviours particularly substance use disorders (SUD) in youth. He has a special interest in comorbid depressive disorders and suicidal behaviour.  He has been mentoring psychiatric residents at UConn and Yale on adolescent SUD. He has received funding for research from NIAAA, NIDA, CSAT and the Donaghue Foundation in CT. He has been on the editorial board of several peer-review journals and served as a guest editor of special issues on adolescent substance abuse including the American Journal of Addictions (2006), Substance Abuse Journal (2008; 2014), and the Child & Adolescent Psych Clinics of North America (2010). 

Dr. Kaminer is the coordinator of the Youth Treatment Section of the board of the Research Society on Marijuana (RSMj.org), a member of the advisory scientific committee of the World Association of Dual Disorders (WADD) and on the scientific advisory board of Smart Approach to marijuana (SAM), a National organization opposing legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes due to its harmfulness for youth safety, neurobehavioral development and socio-academic wellbeing.

He has authored/edited 6 books, authored/co-authored more than 180 scientific publications (peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and treatment/research manuals). He has also developed several rating scales and manuals including the Teen Addiction Severity Index (T-ASI) that has been translated into a dozen languages, The Teen Treatment Services Review (T-TSR),  and the Adolescent Substance Abuse and Goal Commitment questionnaire (ASAGC-Q). 

Dr. Kaminer‘s team has developed treatment and continued care manuals including the MET and CBT manuals for the Multisite Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) study (N=600). 

Dr. Kaminer books include: a) Brief Telephone Continuing Care Therapy for Adolescents; Hazalden, MN, (2010); b) Clinical Manual of Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment, American Psychiatric Publishing (2011); c) Youth Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders, American Psychiatric Publishing (2016); and d) Clinical Manual of Youth Addictive Disorders, American Psychiatric Publishing (in preparation for 2020).