Ilana Seager van Dyk, Ph.D. (she/her)

Ilana Seager van Dyk (she/her) is a postdoctoral associate in the Yale LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative at the Yale School of Public Health, and an incoming Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand in 2022. Her research focuses on the emotional mechanisms that contribute to and maintain internalizing psychopathology. She is particularly interested in how these processes function in populations under chronic stress (e.g., LGBTQ folks) during critical developmental transitions (e.g., adolescence). She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University, completed her predoctoral clinical internship at UCLA's Semel Institute, and received her B.A. in psychology and history of science/medicine from Yale University.

Ilana began working with Dr. Vine as a research assistant at Yale, where they worked together on a project validating a new measure of emotional clarity. As this was Ilana's first experience with psychological research, Dr. Vine taught her the basics of experimental research design and analysis. Dr. Vine has continued to serve as a mentor to Ilana throughout her training, most recently overseeing a first-author paper of Ilana's validating a film-based minority stress induction for use with LGBTQ adults. In addition to research mentoring, Dr. Vine has served as one of Ilana's closest role models and advisers on topics ranging from navigating academia as a woman to applying for clinical internships and postdoctoral fellowships.


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