Dr. Andrea Spencer is an child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at Boston Medical Center, where she is also Associate Director for Integrated Pediatric Behavioral Healthcare. She has both clinical and research expertise in primary care consultation child psychiatry and ADHD and is developing methods to improve ADHD treatment in the primary care setting for vulnerable patients.
Dr. Spencer received her Bachelor's Degree in Music from Yale College in 2003 and her Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School in 2008. She graduated from the 5-year combined MGH/McLean Adult and Child Psychiatry Residency in 2013 and is doubly Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Before coming to BMC in 2016, Dr. Spencer worked with Dr. Joseph Biederman in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD Program and the Bressler Program for Autism at MGH. Dr. Spencer's ADHD research has been supported by multiple grants mentored by Dr. Biederman including the Dupont Warren and Livingston Awards from the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Louis Gerstner Research Scholar Award in ADHD Research at MGH.
Dr. Spencer plays viola with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the orchestra of Boston's Medical Community, whose concerts all benefit local, medically affiliated non-profit organizations. Dr. Spencer is also a founding member of the psychologically-minded, Boston-based String Quartet, "Folie A Quatre," highlighting the music of composers who have struggled with mental illness.