Andrea Spencer, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, Harvard Medical School
BA, Yale University

Andrea Spencer, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Her primary research interest is improving treatment for ADHD in primary care settings. She is Board Certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry after completing a dual residency at Mass General Hospital and McLean Hospital. She stayed at Mass General Hospital to work with Dr. Joseph Biederman in the Bressler Program for Autism at MGH. Dr. Spencer's research has been bolstered by grants such as the Dupont Warren and Livingston Awards. Outside of the medical field Dr. Spencer, a music major during her undergrad, plays viola with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

Developing a Pediatrics-based Social Needs Intervention to Reduce Disparities in ADHD Outcomes for Low-income Children
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago National Institute o

Testing a novel ADHD engagement intervention ("START") to improve access to treatment
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2024 (PI)
Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation

Rising Suicides in Black Children with ADHD: The Role of Discrimination
03/01/2021 - 02/29/2024 (PI)
Charles H. Hood Foundation

Developing a Pediatrics-based Social Needs Intervention to Reduce Disparities in ADHD Outcomes for Low-income Children
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS/NIH

(Moore Foundation) Transforming Behavioral Health Care for Underserved, Minority Children Through…
12/01/2019 - 11/30/2021 (PI)
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


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  1. Surman C, Ceranoglu A, Vaudreuil C, Albright B, Uchida M, Yule A, Spencer A, Boland H, Grossman R, Rhodewalt L, Fitzgerald M, Biederman J. Does L-Methylfolate Supplement Methylphenidate Pharmacotherapy in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?: Evidence of Lack of Benefit From a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Clinical Trial. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2019 Jan/Feb; 39(1):28-38.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30566416; PMCID: PMC6750952; DOI: 10.1097/JCP.0000000000000990;
  2. Spencer AE, Chiang C, Plasencia N, Biederman J, Sun Y, Gebara C, Jellinek M, Murphy JM, Zima BT. Utilization of Child Psychiatry Consultation Embedded in Primary Care for an Urban, Latino Population. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 30(2):637-652. PMID: 31130542; PMCID: PMC6750951; DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2019.0047;
  3. Spencer AE, Plasencia N, Sun Y, Lucke C, Haile H, Cronin R, Faraone SV, Jellinek M, Murphy JM, Biederman J. Screening for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Comorbidities in a Diverse, Urban Primary Care Setting. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 10; 57(12):1442-1452. PMID: 30003797
  4. Spencer TJ, Bhide P, Zhu J, Faraone SV, Fitzgerald M, Yule AM, Uchida M, Spencer AE, Hall AM, Koster AJ, Feinberg L, Kassabian S, Storch B, Biederman J. The Mixed Opioid Receptor Antagonist Naltrexone Mitigates Stimulant-Induced Euphoria: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Naltrexone. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 Mar/Apr; 79(2).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29617066; PMCID: PMC6548180; DOI: 10.4088/JCP.17m11609;
  5. Spencer TJ, Bhide P, Zhu J, Faraone SV, Fitzgerald M, Yule AM, Uchida M, Spencer AE, Hall AM, Koster AJ, Biederman J. Opiate Antagonists Do Not Interfere With the Clinical Benefits of Stimulants in ADHD: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of the Mixed Opioid Receptor Antagonist Naltrexone. J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 Jan/Feb; 79(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 28640990; PMCID: PMC6438372; DOI: 10.4088/JCP.16m11012;
  6. Wilens TE, Carrellas NW, Zulauf C, Yule AM, Uchida M, Spencer A, Biederman J. Pilot Data Supporting Omega-3 Fatty Acids Supplementation in Medicated Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Deficits in Emotional Self-Regulation. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2017 10; 27(8):755-756.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28661708; PMCID: PMC6913100; DOI: 10.1089/cap.2017.0080;
  7. Uchida M, Spencer AE, Kenworthy T, Chan J, Fitzgerald M, Rosales AM, Kagan E, Saunders A, Biederman J. A Pilot Study: Cardiac Parameters in Children Receiving New-Generation Antidepressants. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2017 Jun; 37(3):359-362. PMID: 28301398
  8. Spencer AE, Marin MF, Milad MR, Spencer TJ, Bogucki OE, Pope AL, Plasencia N, Hughes B, Pace-Schott EF, Fitzgerald M, Uchida M, Biederman J. Abnormal fear circuitry in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A controlled magnetic resonance imaging study. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Apr 30; 262:55-62. PMID: 28235692
  9. Zaccagnino M, Gahagan S, Spencer A, Jellinek M, Stein MT. Sudden Onset of Refusal to Eat on Waking After a Nightmare in a 6-Year-Old Girl. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Feb/Mar; 38 Suppl 1:S53-S55. PMID: 28141722
  10. Spencer AE, Biederman J. Drs Spencer and Biederman Reply. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 09; 77(9):e1150. PMID: 27780324
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Are My Kids All Right? Let's Ask the Pediatric Clinicians

HealthCity 3/10/2022

Reexamining Whitney Houston's life; Anxiety, depression among kids of color surges

NPR 2/15/2022

5 Questions For: Andrea E. Spencer, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Philanthropy News Digest 2/14/2022

Pandemic Led to a Surge in Depression and Anxiety Among Children of Color

Health City 2/1/2022

Boston Medical Center researchers report surge in depression among children of color 5-11 years old

Boston Globe 2/1/2022

Forgot A Mask? Here’s What Happens In Your Schools

WRPW Cities 929 FM 1/4/2022

Pandemic Worsened Mental Health, Social Risk in Minority Children

Health Day 12/20/2021

Higher Rates of Anxiety, Depression Reported Among Minority Children

Psychiatric Times 12/14/2021

COVID-19 led to increased depression and anxiety among urban, ethnic minority children

News Medical 12/9/2021

How The Six Stages Approach May Help Kids With ADHD

Moms 11/22/2021

Study examines alarming upward trend in Black youth suicide

Boston Herald 10/25/2021

'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

U.S. News & World Report 10/20/2021

'6 Stages' Approach Might Help Families Coping With ADHD

US News & World Report 10/20/2021

Can This New Approach Help Your Child With ADHD? 10/18/2021

6 Stages of Engagement Framework May Help Better Treat Children with ADHD

Healh City 9/16/2021

Reckoning With Pandemic Screen Time

WBUR 6/10/2021

Missing Important Diagnoses For Kids, In The Pandemic

WBUR 5/19/2021

Principles of Addressing Comorbid Psychiatric Illness in Young Adults with Substance Use Disorder

HealthCity 1/27/2021

Increasing Access to Mental Health Care for Children: Emerging Evidence on Off-Site Integrated Care Programs

Health News Digest 11/19/2019

Sports Participation Is Great for Kids' Mental Health, Say Researchers

The International Business Times 10/18/2019

Sports Participation a Big Win for Kids’ Mental Health

Medscape 10/17/2019

Psychiatrist in Urban Pediatric Clinic Improves Access to Psychiatric Care for Latinos

PsychCentral 5/29/2019

2015 Child Intervention, Prevention and Services: National Institutes of Mental Health CHIPS Fellow
2011 Partners Healthcare: Global and Humanitarian Center of Expertise Travel Awardee
2007 Harvard Medical School: Paul Dudley White International Research Fellow
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