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Areti Vassilopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor



Dr. Areti Vassilopoulos is a Pediatric Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Child Psychology at Yale School of Medicine. She received her doctoral education through Nova Southeastern University, while serving diverse families clinically across south Florida. She completed her doctoral internship specializing in Pediatric Psychology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & Kennedy Krieger Institute, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship within the Psychiatry Consultation Service and Pediatric Transplant Service at Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Vassilopoulos provides services through Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). She is fully embedded within Pediatric Neurology to provide integrated behavioral health care and pediatric 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, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Vassilopoulos is the site director for Comfort Ability Program in partnership with Boston Children's Hospital, which is a brief internationally disseminated workshop for pediatric pain and somatic symptom management.

Dr. Vassilopoulos is involved in training Yale Child Study Center fellows within the Pediatric Psychology track. 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, the relationship between health and behavior in multidisciplinary clinics, and mental health screening and referrals within pediatric medical ambulatory clinics. Her current ongoing research focuses on pediatric chronic pain, FNSD symptoms, transition from pediatric to adult medical care, and pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis.

Education & Training

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

Professional Service

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 - Present
Epilepsy & Behavior ReportsReviewer2021 - Present
American Psychological AssociationMember2020 - Present
Society of Pediatric PsychologyMember2016 - Present

Departments & Organizations