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Tishelman, Amy, PhD

Research Director/Senior Psychologist
Child Protection Program
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School


Amy C. Tishelman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She currently serves as Research Director and Senior Psychologist for the Child Protection Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has worked in the areas of child maltreatment, interpersonal violence and trauma for many years. She has held prior positions as Research and Training Director for the Child Protection Program at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), and Director of Child Protection Clinical Services at BCH. In addition to her work at MGH, Dr. Tishelman is currently Director of Clinical Research and a senior staff psychologist for the Disorders of Sexual Development-Gender Management Service (DSD-GeMS) at BCH, where she is working to develop a clinical research program related to transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and also serves as Director of Psychology in the Urology Program at BCH. She has an abiding interest in clinical work with vulnerable children and families, as well as in scholarship designed to enhance clinical care. She is on the editorial boards of several journals, teaches part-time in the Psychology Department at Boston College, and is a frequent expert witness related to child maltreatment and trauma. She recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse on Forensic, Cultural, and Systems Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Cases, and a special issue of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma on Child and Adolescent Trauma Across the Spectrum of Experience.