Daryn Heather David, PhD

Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry; Evaluation and Humane Education Associate, Mutt-i-grees Curriculum


Daryn David, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. Her expertise involves developing and evaluating innovative psychological, educational, and social science programs.

Dr. David has collaborated with state agencies including the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to evaluate the service needs of individuals who are homeless and, separately, to develop a supported parenting manual for clinicians to use with young adult clients in community mental health settings. She also gained national science policy experience during a two-year American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (NIH/OBSSR), during which she contributed to a range of programmatic initiatives focused on advancing behavioral and social sciences research in the U.S. One of her most rewarding projects at NIH including helping to support the NICHD/Mars-WALTHAM Human-Animal Interactions program.

Her current Yale-based efforts are rooted in her strong interest in humane lifestyle and animal welfare issues. Dr. David is collaborating with DMHAS and faculty at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health to evaluate the needs and supports available for homeless individuals with pets. She is also fostering data collection and analysis and working to highlight the humane education profile of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, an innovative educational program that helps children develop social-emotional skills like empathy through engagement with shelter animals.

Dr. David holds a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (2009)
MPhil Yale University (2005)
AB Harvard University, Social Studies (1999)

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