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




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.