Carryl P. Navalta, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Carryl Navalta
72 E. Concord St Robinson (B)


I am a core faculty member of the Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. From 1998 to 2011, I was on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I worked during this period as a clinical and research psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital (2008-2011) and McLean Hospital (1998-2008). Although my general area of expertise is behavioral health disorders of childhood and adolescence, I have a strong interest in the neurobiological and psychosocial consequences of developmental adversity as well as effective, science-based 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, and other adverse childhood experiences [ACEs]). 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, such as Trauma Systems Therapy (TST). I am a former investigator and clinical research supervisor at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. Clinically, I use a scientist-practitioner framework and provide science-based behavioral healthcare interventions. Specifically, I conduct applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy from both a developmental psychopathology and contextual/cultural perspective. My overarching mission is to improve the lives of children and adolescents who are either at risk for or already have impairing and/or distressing behavioral health problems.

I received my B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Binghamton University (SUNY) in Binghamton, NY.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • State University of New York at Binghamton, PhD
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, MA
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSMH709
  • GMSMH717
  • GMSMH902
  • GMSMH921
  • GMSMH922


  • Published on 3/22/2014

    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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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    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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  • Published on 11/7/2012

    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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  • Published on 10/24/2011

    Saxe GN, Heidi Ellis B, Fogler J, Navalta CP. Innovations in Practice: Preliminary evidence for effective family engagement in treatment for child traumatic stress-trauma systems therapy approach to preventing dropout. Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2012 Feb; 17(1):58-61. PMID: 32847314.

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  • Published on 2/10/2011

    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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  • Published on 5/17/2010

    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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  • Published on 6/27/2009

    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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  • Published on 3/6/2007

    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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  • Published on 10/1/2006

    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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  • Published on 1/1/2006

    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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