Alyssa M. Farley, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
900 Commonwealth Avenue
(617) 353-9610

Alyssa M. Farley, Ph.D. is a research assistant professor and licensed psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (Child CARD). Dr. Farley provides cognitive-behavioral therapy to children and adolescents with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and mood disorders. She also clinically supervises Child CARD doctoral students and external practicum students. Dr. Farley collaborates on various research projects, including the Kids FACE FEARS study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. For this study, she helps to train and support clinicians in pediatric settings who are delivering evidence-based treatments for child anxiety.

Dr. Farley is broadly focused on enhancing the identification, prevention, and treatment of youth mental health problems in diverse settings. To this end, she has conducted research on large-scale screening initiatives, preventive interventions, and services provided in schools and primary care practices. Additional areas of interest include stepped-care models, parent/caregiver-focused interventions, and leveraging technology to increase treatment accessibility.

Dr. Farley received her B.A. in psychology from Boston College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.


Davis, M., Rio, V., Farley, A. M., Bush, M. L., Beidas, R. S., & Young, J. F. (2020). Identifying adolescent suicide risk via depression screening in pediatric primary care: An electronic health record review. Psychiatric Services. Advance online publication. doi:

Farley, A. M., Gallop, R. J., Brooks, E. S. Gerdes, M., Bush, M. L., & Young, J. F. (2020). Identification and management of adolescent depression in a large pediatric care network. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 41(2), 85-94.

Jones, J. D., Gallop, R., Gillham, J. E., Mufson, L., Farley, A.M., Kanine, R., & Young, J. F. (2019). The Depression Prevention Initiative: Mediators of Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Adolescent Skills Training. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(sup1), S57-S71.

Benas, J. S., McCarthy, A. E., Haimm, C. A., Huang, M., Gallop, R., & Young, J. F. (2019). The Depression Prevention Initiative: Impact on adolescent internalizing and externalizing symptoms in a randomized trial. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1197839.

McCarthy, A. E., Young, J. F., Benas, J. S., & Gallop, R. J. (2018). School-related outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of adolescent depression prevention programs. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 26(3), 170-181.

Peteet, J., Balasubramaniam, V., Herschkopf, M., McCarthy, A. E., Betts, J., Romo, S., & Murphy, J. M. (2016). Does a therapist’s world view matter? Journal of Religion and Health55(3), 1097-1106.

McCarthy, A. E., Asghar, S., Wilens, T. E., Romo, S. Kamin, H. S., Jellinek, M. S., & Murphy, J. M. (2016). Using a brief parent-report measure to track outcomes for children and teens with ADHD. Child Psychiatry & Human Development47(3):407-416.

Guzmán, J., Murphy, J. M., Kessler, R. C., Squicciarini, A. M., George, M., Baer, L., Canenguez, K., Abel, M. R., McCarthy, A. E., & Jellinek, M. S. (2015). Evidence for the effectiveness of a national school-based mental health program in Chile. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry54(10), 799-807.

Kayyal, M. H., Pochedly, J., McCarthy, A. E., & Russell, J. A. (2015). On the limits of the relation of disgust to judgments of immorality. Frontiers in Psychology6, 951.

Kamin, H. S., McCarthy, A. E., Abel, M. R., Jellinek, M. S., Baer, L., & Murphy, J. M. (2015). Using a brief parent-report measure to track outcomes for children and teens with internalizing disorders. Child Psychiatry & Human Development46(6), 851-862.

Murphy, J. M., Guzmán, J., McCarthy, A. E., Squicciarini, A. M., George, M., Canenguez, K., Dunn, E. C., Baer, L., Simonsohn, A., Smoller, J. W., & Jellinek, M. S. (2015). Mental health predicts better academic outcomes: A longitudinal study of elementary school students in Chile. Child Psychiatry & Human Development46(2), 245-256.

Murphy, J. M., Blais, M. A., Baer, L., McCarthy, A. E., Kamin, H. S., Masek, B. J., & Jellinek, M. S. (2015). Measuring outcomes in outpatient child psychiatry: Reliable improvement, deterioration and clinically significant change. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 20(1), 39-52.

Murphy, J. M., McCarthy, A. E., Baer, L. B., Zima, B. T., & Jellinek, M. S. (2014). Alternative national guidelines for treating attention and depression problems in children: Comparison of treatment approaches and prescribing rates in the United Kingdom and the United States. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 22(3), 179-192.

Romano-Clarke, G., Tang, M. H., Xerras, D. C., Egan, H. S., Pasinski, R., Kamin, H. S., McCarthy, A. E., Newman, J., Jellinek, M. S., & Murphy, J. M. (2014). Have rates of behavioral health assessment and treatment increased for Massachusetts children since the Rosie D. decision? A report from two primary care practices. Clinical Pediatrics, 53(3), 243-249.