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

Clinical Interests

After completing his medical training in London, Dr. Yellowlees worked in Australia for twenty years where he completed his Board Certification in Psychiatry and a research Doctorate before becoming Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland, and Founding Director of the Center for Online Health. He moved to UC Davis in 2004 to continue his research in telemedicine and eHealth and has an international reputation in telemedicine and long distance health and education delivery. He is an experienced speaker who has given over 150 presentations in 20 countries in the past five years. He has a number of research interests and is presently working on projects involving Internet e-mail and video consultation services and the use of virtual reality for health education on the Internet. He is currently Director of the Graduate Program in Health Informatics and Professor of Psychiatry at UC Davis.

Dr. Yellowlees has worked in public and private sectors, in academia, and in rural settings. He has published four books and about 150 scientific articles and book chapters and has been regularly involved in media presentations. His latest book, "Your Health in the Information Age" ( was published in 2008. He has consulted to governments and private sector companies in several countries and has received about $7 million in research grants. His main interests are in improving access to health and education services using information technologies.





Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Center/Program Affiliation:

Graduate Group in Health Informatics


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

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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:

Butler TN, Yellowlees P. Cost analysis of store-and-forward telepsychiatry as a consultation model for primary care. Telemed J E Health. 2012 Jan-Feb;18(1):74-7. Epub 2011 Nov 15.

Grady B, Myers KM, Nelson EL, Belz N, Bennett L, Carnahan L, Decker VB, Holden D, Perry G, Rosenthal L, Rowe N, Spaulding R, Turvey CL, White R, Voyles D; American Telemedicine Association Telemental Health Standards and Guidelines Working Group. Evidence-based practice for telemental health. Telemed J E Health. 2011 Mar;17(2):131-48.

Odor A, Yellowlees P, Hilty D, Parish MB, Nafiz N, Iosif AM. PsychVACS: a system for asynchronous telepsychiatry. Telemed J E Health. 2011 May;17(4):299-303. Epub 2011 Apr 1.

Yellowlees P, Odor A, Patrice K, Parish MB, Nafiz N, Iosif AM, Hilty D. Disruptive innovation: the future of healthcare? Telemed J E Health. 2011 Apr;17(3):231-4. Epub 2011 Mar 1.

Yellowlees P, Shore J, Roberts L; American Telemedicine Association. Practice guidelines for videoconferencing-based telemental health - October 2009. Telemed J E Health. 2010 Dec;16(10):1074-89.

Yellowlees PM, Odor A, Parish MB, Iosif AM, Haught K, Hilty D. A feasibility study of the use of asynchronous telepsychiatry for psychiatric consultations. Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Aug;61(8):838-40.

Yellowlees P. Telemedicine consultation with a Spanish speaking patient. TV interview Channel 19. Jan 6.

Yellowlees P. Telemedicine. Video shoot using the University of California, Davis extension website. Produced by Sacramento County Office of Education. Jan 21.

Yellowlees P. The Internet -- A Third

Hilty D, Yellowlees P, Sonik P, Derlet M, Hendren R. Rural child and adolescent telepsychiatry: successes and struggles. Pediatric Annals, 38(4):228-32, April.

Bashshur R, Shannon G, Krupinski E, Grigsby J, Kvedar J, Weinstein R, Sanders J, Rheuban K, Nesbitt T, Alverson D, Merrell R, Linkous J, Ferguson A, Waters R, Stachura M, Ellis D, Antoniotti N, Johnston B, Doarn C, Yellowlees P, Normandin S, Tracy J. National Telemedicine Initiatives: Essential to Healthcare Reform. Telemedicine journal and e-health, 15(6):600-10, July.

2008 Doarn C, Yellowlees P, Jeffries D, Lordan D, Davis S, Hammack G, McClosky-Armstrong T, Kvedar J. Societal drivers in the applications of telehealth. Telemedicine journal and e-health. 14(9):998-1002, November.

2008 Rabinowitz T, Brennan D, Chumbler N, Kobb R, Yellowlees P. New directions for telemental health research. Telemedicine journal and e-health. 14(9):972-6, November.

2008 Yellowlees P, Burke M, Marks S, Hilty D, Shore J. Emergency telepsychiatry. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 14(6):277-81.

2008 Yellowlees P. Your Health in the Information Age: How You and Your Doctor Can Use the Internet to Work Together. I Universe, 2008

2008 Yellowlees P. Clinicians need to redesign their clinical practices to further stimulate the adoption of electronic health records. Medscape J Med. 2;10(6):129, June.

2008 Yellowlees P. Green healthcare--why not? Medscape J Med. 7;10(7):157, July.

2008 Yellowlees P. Green healthcare: what does the future hold? Medscape J Med. 14;10(7):163, July.

2008 Yellowlees P. Green healthcare: what is happening now? 1: Medscape J Med. 11;10(7):162, July.

2008 Yellowlees P. What are the warning signs of video game addiction and what are the steps to prevent it? RealHealth TV Video Shoot. Nov 17. Featured on and

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