Bobbi Jo Yarborough, PsyD

Meet Bobbi Jo Yarborough

Bobbi Jo Yarborough is passionate about improving health care for people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. She wants providers and the public to know that patients can recover, and that recovery looks different for each person.


Bobbi Jo Yarborough, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and health services researcher working to improve care and outcomes among individuals with serious mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. Currently, she is a principal investigator on a study examining patterns and rates of preventive service use among patients with and without serious mental illnesses (n = 803,276). She also leads the qualitative data collection and analysis on a project that aims to establish a nationwide population-based laboratory to accelerate first-episode psychosis research.

Dr. Yarborough’s current program of substance use research involves examining patterns of prescribed and illicit opioid use including factors that predict prescribed changes in opioid dose and associated outcomes and factors that are associated with accidental or intentional opioid overdoses and poisonings. She is the site principal investigator on a study examining long-term changes in function associated with opioid dose modification and on a prospective investigation of the risks of opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction among patients treated with extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids for chronic pain.

Dr. Yarborough earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oregon and her master’s in counseling and doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University.

Selected Publications

  • Yarborough BJH, Leo MC, Yarborough MT, Stumbo S, Janoff SL, Perrin NA, Stevens VJ, Green CA. Improving body image, perceived health, and health-related self-efficacy among people with serious mental illnesses: STRIDE results. Psychiatr Serv 2015 (in press).
  • Yarborough BJ, Yarborough MT, Janoff SL, Green CA. Getting by, getting back, and getting on: Matching mental health services to consumers’ recovery goals. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 2015 Sep 28. [Epub 2015 Sep 28]
  • Green CA, Yarborough BJ, Leo MC, Stumbo SP, Perrin NA, Nichols GA. Stevens VJ. Weight maintenance following the STRIDE lifestyle intervention for individuals taking antipsychotic medications. The Obesity Society 2015 Oct;23(10):1995-2001. [Epub 2015 Sep 3]
  • Yarborough BJH, Stumbo S, Yarborough MT, Young TJ, Green CA. Improving lifestyle interventions for people with serious mental illnesses: Qualitative results from the STRIDE study. Psychiatr Rehabil J 2015 Jul 27. [Epub 2015 Jul 27]

Press Release

Lifestyle Intervention Helps People Taking Antipsychotic Medications Lose Weight and Reduce Diabetes Risk

People with serious mental illnesses already at higher risk for obesity; medications that control their symptoms often lead to additional weight gain

Sep. 15, 2014