Ann Polcari, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC

 

 

Title: Director, Psychiatric Graduate Program;  Associate Clinical Professor

 

School/Center: School of Nursing

 

Office Location: 106E Robinson Hall

 

Phone: 617-373-7571

 

Email: a.polcari@northeastern.edu

 

Education: Ph.D., Boston College; M.S.N. Boston College; B.S.N., University of Massachusetts - Lowell

 

Certifications: Adult Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing Certified Specialist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing Certified Specialist

 

Specialization: Psychiatric Mental Health

 

Clinical Affiliation: McLean Hospital

 

Patient Populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults

 

Research Interests: Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Enduring Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adults, Protective Factors, Depression and Wellbeing in Young Adults

 

Selected Accomplishments:

Dr. Polcari lead the research team on a study showing the psychosocial outcomes of abuse, especially the wellbeing outcomes related to emotionally abusive versus emotionally nurturing parenting.  Dr. Polcari has been a key member of a research team at McLean Hospital showing individuals with childhood maltreatment, compared with non-maltreated individuals, show overall brain differences and different brain network architecture. Further, childhood maltreatment  in the form of emotionally abusive experiences, sexual abuse, harsh corporal punishment, and witnessing of domestic violence exert distinct measurable effects on brain development.