Gianna D’Ambrozio, LMSW, is a clinical extern at the Boston Child Study Center, where she provides supervised direct patient care in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Neuropsychology services.
Gianna earned her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Biology and Chemistry from Stony Brook University in New York. She went on to work at the NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center while earning her Master of Social Work degree from New York University. Gianna is a Licensed Master of Social Work in the state of New York. Currently, Gianna is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Gianna’s research interests focus on investigating the health disparities and inequities of pediatric psychotropic polypharmacy, particularly in children who are racialized and marginalized, and integrating a human rights approach in mental health policies and practices.
Gianna has previously completed clinical externships at Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Saint Basil Academy while completing her Master of Social Work degree. At Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Gianna conducted initial intakes and managed the cases and discharge plans of pediatric patients in the inpatient units: Infant & Toddler and Post Neonatal/Post-Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric & Adolescent Unit, and Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. At Saint Basil Academy, a residential facility and school, Gianna conducted individual counseling sessions through a theoretical orientation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Child-Centered Play Therapy and worked with adolescents in high school on college/vocational planning and SAT preparation.
More recently, Gianna has completed a clinical externship at McLean-Franciscan Child Community-Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) Program, where she worked in the short-term residential program for children who are referred as either a step down from a more intensive inpatient hospitalization or from the community as an alternative to a hospitalization stay. At CBAT, she conducted thorough diagnostic assessments, provided dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to her clients, and led daily therapy groups on the unit.