Alison Duncan, MD

Alison Duncan, MD; Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services; Assistant Professor, BUSM Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Alison Duncan is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at Boston Medical Center, where she is also the Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services. She has both clinical and research expertise in emergency psychiatry, pediatric consult-liaison psychiatry, family communication, suicide, substance use disorders, severe mental illness, ADHD and quality improvement.

Dr. Duncan’s research currently focuses on:

  • Improving parent-adolescent communication for parents of adolescents with ADHD using Motivational Interviewing 
  • Exploring the feasibility of implicit association testing for suicidality in the emergency department
  • Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with serious mental illness
  • Emergency psychiatric services utilization

Dr. Duncan’s research is currently supported by multiple grants, including the AACAP Pilot Research Award for Attention Disorders, supported by AACAP’s Elaine Schlosser Lewis Fund and the Gennaro Acampora Junior Investigator Pilot Award. Dr. Duncan received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Theater and Economics from The Hartt School and The University of Hartford in 1998 and her Medical Degree from The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in 2013. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency at The University of New Mexico in 2016 and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Brown University/Bradley Hospital in 2018, during which time she was also awarded the NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders. She is Board Certified in both Adult Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Duncan sings with Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus. She is often accompanied in the hospital by her dog, Cocoa, whose therapeutic skills are in high demand.