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Areti Vassilopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor



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 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 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, and multiple sclerosis. 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 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. She leads an advanced pediatric psychology externship, that accepts one student a year.

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. She also values community outreach, often collaborating with non-profit organizations for community presentations and online workshops.

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


  • 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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