PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon
Cohort Two Fellow

Academic Mentor
Phil Fisher
Professor, University of Oregon

Policy Mentor
Heather Scott
Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager of Mental Health Services, Willamette Family

Current Institutional Affiliation
Yale Child Study Center: Community Faculty

Areas of Expertise

Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Mental Health and Well-Being, Mixed Methods


Dr. Van Scoyoc is a Community Faculty member at Yale Child Study Center. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon and completed her Clinical Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale. She views the pregnancy period as a unique time to intervene in the lives of women and children to support increased maternal health and optimal child well-being. Her research centers on understanding how to best support women who struggle with addictions during pregnancy, including how to best communicate with the public about research findings, garnering support for the most effective public policies. Dr. Van Scoyoc has a documentary studies background and also has a strong interest in the dissemination of research findings beyond academia.

In addition, as a clinician, Dr. Van Scoyoc is passionate about treating children and families who are impacted by trauma. She sought out specialized training at Yale in the assessment and treatment of trauma including responding alongside the New Haven Police Department to acutely traumatic situations. She has also treated children as a therapist in an inpatient psychiatric unit, and consulted on psychiatric assessment of patients in the Emergency Department. She strongly believes in the value of being a scientist-practitioner, where applied practice influences and shapes her research, and research as well as scientific thinking informs clinical practice.