Ann Polcari, PhD, MSN, BSN

Psychiatric Graduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Clinical Professor
  • School of Nursing

Office: 106E Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-7571

Ph.D., Boston College
M.S.N. Boston College
B.S.N., University of Massachusetts – Lowell

Adult Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing Certified Specialist,
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing Certified Specialist

Specialization: Psychiatric / Mental Health

Clinical Practice: McLean Hospital

Patient Population: Children, Adolescents, Adults

Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Enduring Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adults, Protective Factors, Depression and Wellbeing in Adults

Selected Publications:
Tomoda A, Navalta CP, Polcari A, Sadato N, Teicher MH.Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Oct 1;66(7):642-8. Epub 2009 Jun 27. Childhood sexual abuse is associated with reduced gray matter volume in visual cortex of young women.
Teicher MH, Samson JA, Polcari A, Andersen SL. Length of time between onset of childhood sexual abuse and emergence of depression in a young adult sample: a retrospective clinical report. J Clin Psychiatry. 2009 May;70(5):684-91. Epub 2009 Apr 7.
Choi J, Jeong B, Rohan ML, Polcari AM, Teicher MH. Preliminary evidence for white matter tract abnormalities in young adults exposed to parental verbal abuse. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Feb 1;65(3):227-34. Epub 2008 Aug 9.
Andersen SL, Tomada A, Vincow ES, Valente E, Polcari A, Teicher MH. Preliminary evidence for sensitive periods in the effect of childhood sexual abuse on regional brain development. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2008 Summer;20(3):292-301.
Teicher MH, Polcari A, McGreenery CE. Utility of objective measures of activity and attention in the assessment of therapeutic response to stimulants in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2008 Jun;18(3):265-70.
Teicher MH, Polcari A, Foley M, Valente E, McGreenery CE, Chang WW, McKay G, Midha KK. Methylphenidate blood levels and therapeutic response in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: I. Effects of different dosing regimens. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2006 Aug;16(4):416-31.
Teicher MH, Samson JA, Polcari A, McGreenery CE.Sticks, stones, and hurtful words: relative effects of various forms of J childhood maltreatment. Am J Psychiatry. 2006 Jun;163(6):951-3.
Anderson CM, Teicher MH, Polcari A, Renshaw PF. Abnormal T2 relaxation time in the cerebellar vermis of adults sexually abused in childhood: potential role of the vermis in stress-enhanced risk for drug abuse. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2002 Jan-Feb;27(1-2):231-44.