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Peter Yellowlees, M.B.B.S., M.D. View profile as PDF

Peter  Yellowlees

Clinical Interests

Dr Yellowlees lives in Sacramento California, where he is Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Davis. He is Vice President of the American Telemedicine Association, a member of the Institute of Medicines review committee evaluating the national VA mental health services for veterans, a member of the American Psychiatric Association workgroup on telepsychiatry, and co-founder of HealthLinkNow Inc. 

Dr Yellowlees is an experienced speaker and media commentator who written and produced over 150 video editorials on Psychiatry for Medscape. He has a number of research interests and is presently working on the development and validation of asynchronous telepsychiatry, automated translation and clinical interpreting systems, internet e-mail and video consultation services and assessment and treatment protocols to improve physician health and wellness.

From a clinical perspective Dr Yellowlees is an expert in physician health and telepsychiatry. He chairs the UC Davis Health System Wellbeing Committee and has many physicians as patients. He has provided clinical consultations to patients on Indian Health reservations via telemedicine for over a decade. 

Dr. Yellowlees has worked in public and private sectors in the USA, Australia and the UK, in academia, and in rural settings. He has published five books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters.






Center/Program Affiliation:


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-916--734-3574

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Flinders University of South Australia School of Medicine, Flinders, 1990
M.B.B.S., Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, England, 1979
B.S., University of London, London, England, 1976

Select Recent Publications:

Haskins J, Carson JG, Chang CH, Kirshnit C, Link DP, Navarra L, Scher LM, Sciolla AF, Uppington J, Yellowlees P. The Suicide Prevention, Depression Awareness, and Clinical Engagement Program for Faculty and Residents at the University of California, Davis Health System. Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;40(1):23-9.

Hilty DM, Shoemaker EZ, Myers K, Snowdy CE, Yellowlees PM, Yager J. Need for and Steps Toward a Clinical Guideline for the Telemental Healthcare of Children and Adolescents. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2016 Apr;26(3):283-95.

Johnston B, Yellowlees P. Telepsychiatry Consultations in Primary Care Coordinated by Virtual Care Navigators. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Jan 1;67(1):142.

Bashshur RL, Shannon GW, Bashshur N, Yellowlees PM. The Empirical Evidence for Telemedicine Interventions in Mental Disorders. Telemed J E Health. 2015 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Hilty DM, Crawford A, Teshima J, Chan S, Sunderji N, Yellowlees PM, Kramer G, O'neill P, Fore C, Luo J, Li ST. A framework for telepsychiatric training and e-health: Competency-based education, evaluation and implications. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015;27(6):569-92.

Yellowlees P, Chan S. Mobile mental health care--an opportunity for India. Indian J Med Res. 2015 Oct;142(4):359-61.

Yellowlees P, Richard Chan S, Burke Parish M. The hybrid doctor-patient relationship in the age of technology - Telepsychiatry consultations and the use of virtual space. Int Rev Psychiatry. 2015;27(6):476-89.

Chan S, Parish M, Yellowlees P. Telepsychiatry Today. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2015 Nov;17(11):89. 

Hilty D, Yellowlees PM, Parrish MB, Chan S. Telepsychiatry: Effective, Evidence-Based, and at a Tipping Point in Health Care Delivery? Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2015 Sep;38(3):559-92.

Chan S, Torous J, Hinton L, Yellowlees P. Towards a Framework for Evaluating Mobile Mental Health Apps. Telemed J E Health. 2015 Dec;21(12):1038-41.

Shore J, Vo A, Yellowlees P, Waugh M, Schneck C, Nagamoto H, Thomas M. Antipsychotic-Induced Movement Disorder: Screening via Telemental Health. Telemed J E Health. 2015 Dec;21(12):1027-9.

Kent SM, Yellowlees P. The Technology-Enabled Patient Advocate: A Valuable Emerging Healthcare Partner. Telemed J E Health. 2015 Dec;21(12):1030-7.

To see if Peter Yellowlees is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).