11776-Chernyak, Yelena

Yelena Chernyak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

GH 2800
Indianapolis, IN


Yelena Chernyak, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).  She serves as Chief Psychologist of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at the IU Health Neurosciences Center. She is also the director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program and the director of the Clinical Health Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at IUSM. Dr. Chernyak received her B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington.  She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University.  She completed her internship at the May Institute in Boston, MA and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.  Dr. Chernyak joined the faculty at IUSM in 2011.

Dr. Chernyak’s areas of clinical focus are clinical health psychology including behavioral sleep medicine, psychosocial oncology, and cardiac/pulmonary behavioral medicine.  Her research overlaps her clinical interest areas and focuses on treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction in areas of clinical health psychology practice. Dr. Chernyak has multiple teaching and supervisory roles within the Department of Psychiatry at the fellowship, internship, and practicum levels.   She is actively involved with national professional organizations including the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine and serves on multiple national committees.


Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Education
    2010 PhD Drexel University
    2005 BS Indiana University
  • Research

    • Psychological treatment outcomes for chronically medically ill patients with multiple medical comorbidities

    • Program development for health psychology programs


  • Clinical Interests

    • behavioral sleep medicine

    • psychosocial oncology

    • cardiac/pulmonary behavioral medicine

    • transplant psychology

    • coping with terminal/chronic illness using mindfulness and acceptance based techniques


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