Pedrelli , Paola , PhD

Director, Dual Diagnoses Studies
Assistant in Psychology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Pedrelli is an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and an Assistant in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pedrelli received a B.A and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Bologna, and earned a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the Joint Doctoral Program at University of California San Diego and San Diego State University. Her program of research focuses on investigating the etiology, assessment, and treatment of Mood Disorders when occurring alone and in conjunction with Alcohol Use Disorders. She has been awarded funding from the National Institute Of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research to support her research program. She has been actively involved at a local and national level in disseminating awareness on the association between depressive symptoms and cognitive functioning. Moreover, she has published and presented extensively on negative consequences of the co-occurrence of depressive symptoms and substances use among college students. She is an expert in the delivery of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and developed several CBT-based treatment manuals for patients with co-occurring disorders.