Alison (Allie) Giovanelli, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine at UCSF. She completed her PhD in a joint program in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and her clinical internship at Stanford University School of Medicine/The Children's Health Council.
Allie is experienced in evaluation and treatment of a range of mental health concerns in both children and adults, and she has particular expertise in adolescent mental health, early childhood development, the impacts of early adversity such as abuse and neglect (including impacts of ACEs), and the treatment of youth anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). She is currently the lead psychologist in the Youth Outpatient Substance Use Program at UCSF, where she facilitates caregiver education and support groups, conducts brief targeted consultations relating to mental health and substance use, and leads a pilot study of group Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) with caregivers of adolescents with SUDs who are not engaged in treatment.
Her research focuses on leveraging technology for intervention in common adolescent mental health problems. Alison has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, with first-author publications in Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, Development and Psychopathology, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.