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Carryl Navalta, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
DivisionGeneral Psychiatry
Address72 E. Concord St Robinson (B)
Boston MA
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
I am a faculty member of Boston University School of Medicine as of January 2012. From 1998 to 2011, I was on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I worked during this period as a clinical and research psychologist at Children’s Hospital Boston (2008-2011) and McLean Hospital (1998-2008). Although my general area of expertise is mental health disorders of childhood and adolescence, I have a strong interest in the neurobiological and psychosocial consequences of early psychological trauma as well as effective interventions for such sequelae. To that end, I was an investigator on several NIH grant-funded projects focused on understanding the neurobehavioral effects of childhood maltreatment (e.g., sexual and physical abuse, verbal abuse, witnessing domestic violence). I also served as a researcher on a SAMHSA-funded center devoted to developing, adapting, evaluating, and disseminating effective treatment approaches for traumatized children and youth. Presently, I am a member of the Family Systems Workgroup of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and a research associate at the Trauma Center, which is participating in a multisite field trial to validate the proposed diagnosis, Developmental Trauma Disorder, for inclusion in DSM-V. Clinically, I use a scientist-practitioner framework and provide evidence-based mental health services. Specifically, I conduct applied behavior analysis, behavior and cognitive-behavior therapy (including direct therapeutic exposure), and trauma systems therapy. My overarching mission is to improve the lives of children and adolescents who are either at risk for or already have impairing mental health problems.

I received my B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California-Los Angeles and my M.A. and Doctoral degrees from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY.

 Publications
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  1. Kiser LJ, Stover CS, Navalta CP, Dorado J, Vogel JM, Abdul-Adil JK, Kim S, Lee RC, Vivrette R, Briggs EC. Effects of the child-perpetrator relationship on mental health outcomes of child abuse: it's (not) all relative. Child Abuse Negl. 2014 Jun; 38(6):1083-93. PMID: 24661693.
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  2. Brown AD, McCauley K, Navalta CP, Saxe GN. Trauma Systems Therapy in Residential Settings: Improving Emotion Regulation and the Social Environment of Traumatized Children and Youth in Congregate Care. J Fam Violence. 2013; 28:693-703. PMID: 24078769.
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  3. Teicher MH, Polcari A, Fourligas N, Vitaliano G, Navalta CP. Hyperactivity persists in male and female adults with ADHD and remains a highly discriminative feature of the disorder: a case-control study. BMC Psychiatry. 2012; 12:190. PMID: 23134619.
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  4. Andersen SL, Navalta CP. Annual Research Review: New frontiers in developmental neuropharmacology: can long-term therapeutic effects of drugs be optimized through carefully timed early intervention? J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 Apr; 52(4):476-503. PMID: 21309771.
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  5. Tomoda A, Sheu YS, Rabi K, Suzuki H, Navalta CP, Polcari A, Teicher MH. Exposure to parental verbal abuse is associated with increased gray matter volume in superior temporal gyrus. Neuroimage. 2011 Jan; 54 Suppl 1:S280-6. PMID: 20483374.
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  6. Tomoda A, Navalta CP, Polcari A, Sadato N, Teicher MH. Childhood sexual abuse is associated with reduced gray matter volume in visual cortex of young women. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Oct 1; 66(7):642-8. PMID: 19560122.
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  7. Schiffer F, Teicher MH, Anderson C, Tomoda A, Polcari A, Navalta CP, Andersen SL. Determination of hemispheric emotional valence in individual subjects: a new approach with research and therapeutic implications. Behav Brain Funct. 2007; 3:13. PMID: 17341309.
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  8. Navalta CP, Goldstein J, Ruegg L, Perna DA, Frazier JA. Integrating treatment and education for mood disorders: an adolescent case report. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2006 Oct; 11(4):555-68. PMID: 17163224.
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  9. Navalta CP, Polcari A, Webster DM, Boghossian A, Teicher MH. Effects of childhood sexual abuse on neuropsychological and cognitive function in college women. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2006; 18(1):45-53. PMID: 16525070.
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  10. Koenigsberg HW, Teicher MH, Mitropoulou V, Navalta C, New AS, Trestman R, Siever LJ. 24-h Monitoring of plasma norepinephrine, MHPG, cortisol, growth hormone and prolactin in depression. J Psychiatr Res. 2004 Sep-Oct; 38(5):503-11. PMID: 15380401.
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  11. Andersen SL, Navalta CP. Altering the course of neurodevelopment: a framework for understanding the enduring effects of psychotropic drugs. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2004 Aug-Oct; 22(5-6):423-40. PMID: 15380841.
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  12. Teicher MH, Andersen SL, Polcari A, Anderson CM, Navalta CP, Kim DM. The neurobiological consequences of early stress and childhood maltreatment. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2003 Jan-Mar; 27(1-2):33-44. PMID: 12732221.
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  13. Teicher MH, Polcari A, Anderson CM, Andersen SL, Lowen SB, Navalta CP. Rate dependency revisited: understanding the effects of methylphenidate in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2003; 13(1):41-51. PMID: 12804125.
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  14. Teicher MH, Andersen SL, Polcari A, Anderson CM, Navalta CP. Developmental neurobiology of childhood stress and trauma. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2002 Jun; 25(2):397-426, vii-viii. PMID: 12136507.
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  15. Lash M, Russo DC, Navalta CP, Baryza MJ. Families of children with traumatic injuries identify needs for research and training. NeuroRehabilitation. 1995; 5(4):331-46. PMID: 24525578.
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