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Yifrah Kaminer, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-4344

Dr. Kaminer a child and adolescent psychiatrist joined UConn Health in 1993 from Brown University, Providence, RI.

Dr. Kaminer's main clinical interests and research lie in the spectrum of adolescent high risk behaviors. In particular, the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders (SUD), psychiatric comorbidity, and suicidal behavior. Dr. Kaminer is also a senior investigator at the Injury Prevention Center of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford where he has been involved in research of adolescent risky driving behavior and youth suicide prevention at the emergency department.

Dr. Kaminer has been teaching on youth SUD at UConn Health, Institute of Living, and Yale Child Study Center. He has received funding for his research from NIDA, NIAAA, CSAT and the Donaghue Foundation. Dr. Kaminer is on the board of several peer review journals. He has authored/edited 5 books and 150 articles and book chapters. Dr. Kaminer has been a guest editor of several peer review journals on the topic of adolescent substance abuse. Most recently of Substance Abuse Journal, Vol.35(4), 2014. Recent published books include "Adolescent substance abuse, psychiatric comorbidity and high-risk behaviors", (2008) by Routledge/Francis & Taylor; "Brief Telephone Continuing Care Therapy for Adolescents" (2010) by Hazelden; "Clinical Manual of Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment"(2011); and "Youth substance abuse and co-occurring disorders" to be published in the fall of 2015 by the American Psychiatric Publication Inc. (APPI).

Dr. Kaminer has been consulting and training nationally and internationally on youth high-risk behaviors, program development, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI/MET) for youth. He is the primary author and trainer of the Teen Addiction Severity Index (T-ASI) and the Teen Treatment Services Review (T-TSR). The T-ASI has been translated into several languages and psychometrically tested including Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew and Portuguese/Brazilian. It is in the process of being translated into additional languages including Arabic, German, Turkish, and Hindu.

Finally, Dr. Kaminer has published poetry, science fiction stories and has been writing children as well as psychological/political and fantasy stories.

M.D.Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv UniversityMedicine
MBAUniversity of HartfordBusiness
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Scientific Advisory Board of the NIDA funded Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research (CEDAR) at the University of Pittsburgh Advisory CommitteeAdvisory BoardExternalUniversity2008
Substance Abuse Editorial BoardEditorial BoardExternalNational2007
Research Society on Alcoholism Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2003
Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse Editorial BoardEditorial BoardExternalNational2003
College of Problems of Drug Dependence Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20022009
NIH Peer Review Committees, ad hoc reviewer Advisory CommitteeAd Hoc ReviewerExternalNational2002
Founding member of the Int’l Society of Addictive Medicine, Chairperson of the Task Force on Youth & Families Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational19992009
Member, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1986

Dr. Kaminer has published 200 articles, training manuals and research instruments. He published 6 books. The most recent one is Clinical Manual of Youth Addictive Disorders by APA Publication (2020)

Journal Articles


  • Self-efficacy and coping response in the treatment of adolescent alcohol use disorders
    Burleson, J. A., Kaminer, Y., & Burke, R. H. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2012 Jan;35




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