Neurobehavioral Medicine Consultants
About Our Staff

Dr. Yerzley

Linda A. Yerzley, RN, PsyD
California License PSY21617

Linda A. Yerzley is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology and a background as a registered nurse. She has had extensive postdoctoral training in neuropsychology, the relationship between behavior and skills and brain structures and systems.

To her practice of psychology, Dr. Yerzley brings 15 years of nursing experience, including direct patient care, critical care, psychiatric nursing, case management, utilization review and nursing administration. She also has an additional ten years of experience in psychotherapy and assessment with individuals, couples and groups. She is particularly interested in neuropsychology, neurocognitive rehabilitation and in health psychology, the relationship between behavioral factors and illness. Her approach is behavior-oriented and emphasizes helping the patient understand the physiologic effects of psychological problems (mind-body relationship). She has found biofeedback to be an effective adjunctive technique.

She performs psychological and neuropsychological evaluation and testing for memory and cognitive impairment; learning disabilities such as dyslexia and reading disorders; attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); autism; the need for educational and testing accommodation; pre-employment; and brain insults such as concussion, stroke or trauma.

In addition to her interests in neuropsychology and health psychology, Dr. Yerzley specializes in conditions such as ADD/ADHD (child and adult), Asperger's syndrome, anxiety disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders such as major depressive disorder, pain management and the psychological implications of illness. She also prepares and provides seminars dealing with various continuting education topics of interest to practicing psychologists.

A research study (see Abstract) she conducted investigated early attachment experience as a predictor of restenosis after coronary angioplasty. The study found significantly higher levels of avoidance and anxiety in a group of people who had experienced restenosis than the levels in a second group of patients who had not, supporting the hypothesis that poor (perceived or real) early attachment experiences are strongly correlated with the occurrence of restenosis following coronary artery angioplasty.

Dr. Yerzley is a member of the clinical staff at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.