Our Psychologist Bio
Dr. Charissa Andreotti is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. She earned an Sc.B. in psychology at Brown University and conducted research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She then moved south to Music City and completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychological science at Vanderbilt University. During her years as a 'Dore, she was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study the role of the prefrontal cortex in responses to stress and emotion regulation. Ready to again take on northeastern winters, she completed an APA-approved internship at Yale University School of Medicine with a specialization in neuropsychology and was subsequently awarded an NIH T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to study cognition in individuals with chronic health conditions.
After many years of education, Dr. Andreotti is proud to be trained in the empirically supported assessment and treatment of children and adults, including comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, assessments for autism spectrum disorders (ADOS), cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and mindfulness techniques. Prior to founding BK MindSpring, Dr. Andreotti managed the clinical research program for the Child Mind Institute's Healthy Brain Network, which aims to apply big data and open science approaches to the search for biomarkers in mental illness and learning disorders. To date, the Healthy Brain Network has provided thousands(!) of no-cost mental health and neuropsychological evaluations to children from diverse NYC communities.
Dr. Andreotti continues to maintain an active program of research that broadly focuses on adaptation to stress and adversity. She collaborates with researchers across disciplines in clinical, health, and developmental psychology, as well as basic neuroscience, to examine how both chronic stressors, such as exposure to early life stress, as well as environmental factors, such as treatments for cancer and chronic illness, affect the brain, and how these factors may increase the risk of mental health disorders by impacting coping skills and executive functions. A primary goal of her work is to identify biological and behavioral markers of risk and resilience and develop targeted preventative interventions for those who are most vulnerable. She has authored/co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented her work at many national and international conferences.
These days, Dr. Andreotti loves living in Brooklyn. When she's not working, you might catch her sweating it out at hot yoga or indoor bouldering. She always enjoys discovering new markets, gardens, and other hidden gems in the borough. After spending a summer as a trapeze artist, hiking on 6 continents, and surviving the world's third highest bungy jump (439 feet!), she's thrilled to be embarking on the MindSpring adventure.
For all the details, you can browse her full CV.