Justin M. Yopp, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Justin Yopp, Ph.D.

Email: justin_yopp@med.unc.edu

Phone: (919) 445-5415


B.S., Appalachian State University
Ph.D., Central Michigan University
Pediatric Psychology Internship, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Psycho-oncology Fellowship, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio


Summary Statement:

Dr. Yopp is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC.  He is a member of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital where he provides inpatient as well as outpatient assessment and therapeutic services for children and adolescents with cancer.  He also works with children whose parents have serious medical illnesses such as cancer.  His research is in the area of children's adaptation to cancer.

Dr. Yopp came to UNC from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, where he served as a clinical psychologist and coordinator of the inpatient consultation-liaison service.  Prior to working at St. Jude, Dr. Yopp completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University and completed a pediatric psychology externship at Children's Hospital of Michigan.  He is a native of Raleigh.

Representative Publications:

  1. Gerhardt, C., Yopp, J., Leininger, L., Valerius, K., Vannatta, K., & Noll, R. (2007). Brief Report: Posttraumatic stress during emerging adulthood in survivors of pediatric cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 1018-1023.
  2. Ellis, D., Yopp, J., Templin, T., Naar-King, S., Frey, M., & Cunningham, P. (2007). Family mediators and moderators on treatment outcomes among adolescents with chronically poorly controlled type 1 diabetes: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 194-205.
  3. Niec, L., Hemme, J., Yopp, J., & Brestan, E. (2005). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: The rewards and challenges of a group format, Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, 12, 113-125.