Nadia L Ward, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center: The Consultation Center: YaleEval | Psychology Section | Yale Global Mental Health Program


Office of Cooperative Research


Nadia L. Ward M.Ed., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), the Deputy Director of the Yale Doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical and Community Psychology Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; the Director of Urban Education & Prevention Research and Senior Evaluation Consultant with YaleEVAL at the Consultation Center at Yale, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Natural Sciences from Allegheny College (1988), and M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling (1991) and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (1995) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Ward came to Yale to complete her predoctoral and postdoctoral training in clinical and community psychology. Upon completion of her fellowship, she joined the faculty. 

Dr. Ward’s program of research focuses on examining cultural and contextual factors that influence social-emotional, behavioral health, and academic achievement outcomes for low-income and minority youth.  This work involves the design and evaluation of comprehensive preventive interventions that promote adaptive functioning and reduce problem behaviors (e.g., substance abuse, delinquency) associated with negative developmental outcomes. Dr. Ward has worked extensively with high-risk as well as high achieving urban youth and their families in a variety of capacities. She has designed and evaluated academic enrichment and competence enhancing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school and community settings. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Ward has secured more than 14 million dollars to support her work in the area of urban school reform where she engages schools and communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of systemic interventions designed to improve academic performance, and educational trajectories of low-income and minority youth. In addition, she engages in consultation and training to state entities, colleges and universities, public school districts, foundations, private and not-for-profit community agencies.

Dr. Ward is also committed to the teaching mission of the department. She is involved in training of pre- and postdoctoral fellows having served as a primary advisor and research mentor in both the Doctoral Internship Training Fellowship in Clinical and Community Psychology and the NIDA Postdoctoral Research Training Program in substance abuse prevention. The focus of her teaching lies in the areas of substance abuse prevention & health promotion, school-based intervention and research, health disparities, trauma exposed youth, stress and coping among women of color, urban school reform, community-engaged research and evaluation, program fidelity and implementation science, and professional development. At the national level, Dr. Ward has served as the liaison to APA’s Board of Educational Affairs and currently serves as an APA Accreditation Site Visitor for Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Psychology Training Programs.

Dr. Ward’s areas of expertise include school-based mental health, adolescent substance abuse prevention, social-emotional learning, academic achievement, educational disparities, urban school reform, education policy, and school-based prevention programs. She has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), CNN Money, and been quoted in the New York Post and U.S. News & World Report. She has been recognized for her teaching, mentoring, and service to the community. Dr. Ward received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Supervision of Predoctoral Psychology Fellows, the Thurgood Marshall Community Service Award for outstanding commitment and service to the Greater New Haven Community, and the Chairman’s Award for outstanding contribution in administrative, clinical and teaching activities in the Department of Psychiatry. 

Education & Training

PhD University of Pittsburgh (1995)

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