Yelena Chernyak, Ph.D., CBSM, HSPP

Yelena Chernyak, Ph.D., CBSM, HSPP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry


Personal Statement

As a clinical health psychologist, I promote health by understanding and  treating the overlapping behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological components of a wide range of illnesses. I provide psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation for patients in specialized health care programs throughout the IU Health system.  My clinical work is interconnected with clinical teaching and supervision for interns, residents, and fellows across multiple medical school departments. 


Undergraduate: Indiana University Bloomington

Graduate School: Drexel University

Internship: The May Institute

Fellowship: The Cleveland Clinic

Board Certifications/Certifications:

Health Service Provider in Psychology

Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM) by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Current Academic Interests

Teaching: Clinical supervision and didactic training of medical students, psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and sleep medicine fellows.   I am the core rotation supervisor for the Adult Outpatient psychology internship rotation, as well as the specialty rotation supervisor for the Psychosocial Oncology rotation.  I serve as the course director for the Cultural Diversity course and provide multiple Health Psychology lectures for psychology internship training.  

Clinical: Provide diagnostic assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment at IU Health Neurosciences Center Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic in my role as Chief Psychologist and Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program.  I provide health psychology services for the Multidisciplinary Psychosocial Oncology Clinic at the IU Simon Cancer Center and the Advanced Heart and Lung Care Clinic at IU Health Methodist Hospital. 

Research: I am interested in the dissemination of evidence-based practice and  treatment outcomes of psychotherapeutic interventions for chronic health conditions. 

Recent Publications

Chernyak, Y., Lowe, M.R.  (2010). Motivations for Dieting: Drive for Thinness Is Different From Drive for Objective Thinness. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.119(2), p . 276-281.

Otte, J. L., Carpenter, J. S., Manchanda, S., Rand, K. L., Skaar, T. C., Weaver, M., Chernyak, Y., Zhong, X., Igega, C. and Landis, C. (2014). Systematic review of sleep disorders in cancer patients: can the prevalence of sleep disorders be ascertained? Cancer Medicine, epub, doi: 10.1002/cam4.356  

Yelena Chernyak, Ph.D., CBSM, HSPP

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355 W. 16th Street
Suite 2800
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 963-7300

Department of Psychiatry | 355 W. 16th St., Suite 4800 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Ph: (317) 963-7288 | Fax: (317) 963-7313