Dr. Carolyn Conklin

I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

My career encompasses twenty years of experience in the areas of clinical practice, teaching, and research. I am an Asisstant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and am the Director of Psychology Practicum Training at Cambridge Hospital/Cambridge Health Alliance. I maintain a private psychotherapy practice in Harvard Square. My enduring interest in how people develop their own characteristic ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving informs my clinical work, as well as my teaching and research in the area of adult and adolescent personality.

I have a longstanding interest in and deep commitment to treating the full-range of the psychological spectrum, from the commonly experienced problems in living, including:

  • Diminished self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Career concerns
  • Identity issues
  • Need of a meaningful and effective life direction

to the more severe and persistent psychological conditions, including:

  • Recurrent major depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • General anxiety, panic, social phobia
  • Trauma-related conditions
  • Suicidal and/or self-destructive behavior
  • Psychotic conditions

Also, with an office situated across the street from Harvard College and mile down the roadĀ from MIT, a significant portion of my practice concerns the needs of college students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. This work often addresses:

  • Adjusting to college
  • Managing self-esteem in the face of new challenges
  • Maintaining motivation
  • Developing effective study skills
  • Establishing school/life balance
  • Attending to chronic mental health conditions affecting academic functioning
  • Identifying cultural issues affecting academic experience
  • Negotiating relationships with professors, advisors and school officials
  • Setting goals for academic work and future career

I enjoy the clinical richness that comes from working across the full-range of this psychological spectrum, and I pursued extensive training that would provide me with the unique preparation to do so.