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Deanna F. Yates, Ph.D.
Deanna Felber Yates, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice, specializing in children and adolescents in San Antonio, Texas. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Educational Psychology Department at Texas A&M University. A teacher for more than 15 years in both public and private schools, Dr. Yates also started a private school, Laredo Christian Academy, in Laredo, Texas.
In 1993 Dr. Yates organized the San Antonio Play Therapy Association and served as its first president. She became active in the Bexar County Psychological Association and served as its president in 1996. She continues to be active in that group and serves on the board of directors as the Financial Officer and Legislative Chair. Dr. Yates has served on numerous committees in the Texas Psychological Association and is President-elect. Her term will begin in January 2003. She was the recipient of the Champion of Psychology Award, given by the Texas Psychological Association in 2001.
She received a post-doctoral M.S. in Psychopharmacology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University in 1991. While at A&M, she worked in the department's counseling center, where she ran play therapy groups for children with emotional disorders, groups for children whose parents were recently divorced, and groups for high-risk teenage girls.
She completed her clinical internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 1987 she received an M.A. from Trinity University in School Psychology and in 1975, she received an M.S. in Education and Supervision from Texas A&M International University. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from MacMurray College in 1967. Dr. Yates lives with her husband in San Antonio. They have three daughters and eleven grandchildren.