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Areti Vassilopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor; Yale Site Director, Comfort Ability Program, Child Study Center; Lead Supervisor, Pediatric Psychology Externship, Child Study Center

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Areti Vassilopoulos, PhD

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Dr. Areti Vassilopoulos is a Pediatric Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Child Psychology at Yale School of Medicine. Following her PhD, she completed her doctoral internship specializing in Pediatric Psychology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & Kennedy Krieger Institute, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship within the Psychiatry Consultation Service and Pediatric Transplant Service at Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Vassilopoulos is fully embedded within Pediatric Neurology to provide integrated behavioral health care and pediatric health psychology follow-up services. She works with children, teens, and young adults with a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches/migraines, functional neurological symptom disorder (FNSD), muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and related sleep concerns. Dr. Vassilopoulos is the site director for Comfort Ability Program in partnership with Boston Children's Hospital, which is an internationally disseminated workshop for pediatric pain and functional symptom management.

Dr. Vassilopoulos is involved in training Yale Child Study Center fellows within the Pediatric Psychology track. She leads the an advanced pediatric psychology externship, that accepts one student a year in pediatric neurology. She also works closely with residents in Pediatric Neurology, and provides lectures in comprehensive pediatric pain management for the Medical Clerkship series through Yale School of Medicine.

With regards to research, Dr. Vassilopoulos focuses on quality improvement initiatives, outcomes of clinical interventions, and the relationship between health and behavior pediatric medical ambulatory clinics. Her current ongoing research includes headache, sleep disruption, chronic pain, FNSD/FND, transition from pediatric to adult medical care, and pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis. She is currently co-investigator on the first and only NIH-Funded study for treatment of pediatric FNSD.

Dr. Vassilopoulos values community outreach. She often collaborates with non-profit organizations, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and CanDo Multiple Sclerosis, for community presentations and online workshops.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • PhD
    Nova Southeastern University, Clinical Psychology
  • Doctoral Intern
    Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • MS
    Nova Southeastern University, Clinical Psychology


  • Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder 101: Empowering providers and uplifting patient voices
    Washington, DC, United States 2023
    American Psychological Association Convention
  • Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder: What is it and how do we treat it in youth?
    New Haven, CT, United States 2023
    Connecticut Psychological Association Seminar
  • Muscular Dystrophy & Mental Health
    Princeton, NJ, United States 2023
    MDA Engage Symposium

Professional Service

Society of Pediatric Psychology, Rehabilitation Medicine Co-Chair for the Clinical Sub-Committee of the Rehabilitation Medicine Special Interest Group of the American Psychological Association's Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) - 2025
New York FamilyExpert interviewee for public article: 2023 - Present
Society of Pediatric Psychology, Functional Neurological Symptom DisorderCo-Chair for the Clinical Sub-Committee of the Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder Special Interest Group of the American Psychological Association's Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology)2022 - 2024
Epilepsy & Behavior ReportsReviewer2021 - Present
American Psychological AssociationMember2020 - Present
Society of Pediatric PsychologyMember2016 - Present

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