Dr. Bianka Charity-Parker is a part-time psychologist at the Boston Child Study Center. She specializes in evidence-based treatments, notably Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and primarily treats children, adolescents, and young adults with difficulties in emotion regulation, mood, and anxiety disorders, trauma-related symptoms, and co-occurring suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury. She also finds additional interest in providing supportive evidence-based interventions to caregivers and families as well as executive functioning training for young people in the context of academics and daily living skills. Dr. Bianka prioritizes creating a collaborative, respectful, and trusting therapeutic alliance with her patients. She also works from a multicultural framework that is responsive to how cultural dynamics influence an individual’s lived experiences, including aspects of their mental health.
Dr. Bianka graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in psychology and comparative women’s studies. Immediately following graduation, Dr. Bianka served as a kindergarten teacher for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Metro Atlanta. She then began her doctoral studies at the University of Virginia and ultimately received her Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology in August 2022. She completed her clinical psychology predoctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Psychology (CMTP) and her postdoctoral fellowship within the Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. At Brown, Dr. Bianka received specialized training in child and adolescent clinical psychology within intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient programs at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital.
In addition to her role at the Boston Child Study Center, Dr. Bianka serves as a psychologist for a public charter school system based in Washington, DC.