David Yuppa, MD

David Yuppa
Psychiatrist, MD

Accepting new clients (updated June 1, 2017)
If you are interested in psychoanalysis, reduced fees are available.

Dr. Yuppa is intelligent, compassionate and has excellent communication skills. He is adept at understanding the underlying root causes of emotional distress.

- Montie Meyer, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2016)

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If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Dr. Yuppa here.

    About Dr. Yuppa

  • Significant experience working with individuals managing chronic illness, specifically cancer
  • Expertise in both advanced psychopharmacology and psychotherapy
  • Works mainly with young adults, college students, and adults



Dr. David Yuppa has extensive experience treating individuals with medical conditions, specifically people living with cancer. He integrates psychotherapy with medication management, as needed, to provide the most comprehensive treatment to his clients. He has extensive experience in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma-related conditions, survivors of abuse and violence, and those whose struggles are due to deep conflicts, and may have been resistant to previous interventions.

Dr. Yuppa is a full-time faculty member at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship in psychiatric oncology and psychosomatic medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and is ABPN Board Certified in adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.



"The decision to pursue therapy is a very personal one and often one that takes a lot of courage and time. It can also sometimes be uncomfortable. My goal for all of my clients is to assist in that transition and make it as smooth and pleasant as possible."


Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Candidate in Adult Psychoanalysis, 2016 - Present
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Staff Psychiatrist, 2012 - Present
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Staff Psychiatrist, 2012 - Present
Harvard Medical School, Instructor, 2012 - present
American Psychoanalytic Association, Fellow, 2015 - 2016
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Clinical fellow, 2011 - 2012
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Resident Physician, 2007 - 2011

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, MD, 2003 - 2007
Stevens Institute of Technology, B.S. in Chemical Biology, 2000 - 2003




Coping with medical illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens; Dr. Yuppa has extensive experience working with individuals with chronic and serious medical illnesses who require advanced medication treatments and psychotherapy, as well as family members and survivors of cancer
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Medication Management – Diagnosis, prescription, and/or ongoing management of psychiatric medications for the treatment of a wide range of mental health disorders; Dr. Yuppa can offer both psychotherapy and medication management
Personality Disorder – Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for personality disorders and neurotic conditions; enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders


ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Infertility Counseling – Support around the emotional, logistical, and technical challenges people encounter when going through infertility and reproductive complications, e.g. infertility, inability to conceive, miscarriages, considering alternative options such as adoption and/or use of donor material
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD
Severe Insomnia – Sleep hygiene; sleep issues related to anxiety and life transitions
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)




Dr. Yuppa is intelligent, compassionate and has excellent communication skills. He is adept at understanding the underlying root causes of emotional distress. He is experienced with medically ill patients.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Depression, anxiety, ADHD, personality concerns, psychosis
— Montie Meyer MD, Colleague at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2016)
Dr. Yuppa is a seasoned clinician who works regularly with everyday problems such as anxiety and depression in addition to working with specialized concerns such as illness and loss. He is able to combine his expertise in therapy and psychopharmacology to ensure a holistic approach to mental health treatment.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, personality disorders, chronic or life limiting illness, mood disorders
— Elizabeth Farrell, LICSW, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2016)