Yael Dai

Assistant Professor

Psychology Department

Office: Embrace Center

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Dai (she/her/hers) is committed to helping autistic individuals and their families access resources that improve their well-being and quality of life. She has worked to promote early diagnosis and intervention for children with developmental delays. Her primary research interests are in the development, evaluation, and implementation of interventions for autistic individuals and their families. Dr. Dai uses telehealth to make services more accessible and she collaborates with autistic individuals and their parents to develop programs that reflect and suit their needs and preferences. Dr. Dai also provides trainings to multidisciplinary staff to increase their comfort diagnosing autism, supporting autistic individuals, and providing integrated care. She is excited to develop evidence-based toolkits and trainings to support this effort.

Research Areas

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Screening and assessing for developmental delays
  • Development and dissemination of evidence-based interventions
  • Parent coaching and family-centered care
  • Implementation science


  • B.A. in Psychology, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology, University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
  • Predoctoral Internship, Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Boston (Boston, MA)