Dr. Joanna Yost, PhD

Couric Cancer Center lobby UVA
Assistant Director of Threat Assessment

Joanna Yost, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist, a board certified in clinical health psychology, and serves as the Assistant Director of Threat Assessment. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is currently the director of the UVA Behavioral Emergency Response Team at UVA Health and has served in this role since 2018. She also developed and serves as the co-director of the UVA Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison service at UVA Health since 2017. Her work has primarily focused on evidence-based prevention and management of disruptive behaviors in medical settings. She regularly provides trainings and presentations at UVA and nationally on prevention and response to disruptive behavior exhibited by patients. Her clinical work in this area has been recognized both locally and nationally with the 2020 UVA Interprofessional Collaboration Award and the 2022 American Psychological Association Society of Health Psychology (Division 38) Excellence in Clinical Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional Award.

Prior to joining the Threat Assessment Team, Dr. Yost earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at UVA School of Medicine.