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ABOUT MARISA MENDEL, M.D.

Dr. Mendel is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.  
This means she is a medical doctor who has completed a bachelors degree, four years of medical school, and five to six additional years of an adult psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.  

With Nurse Practitioners and Psychologists gaining independent prescribing rights in many states, it can be confusing to navigate and understand what roll each clinician plays.   Patients often ask what the difference is between a Psychiatrist and a Nurse Practitioner (NP, PMHNP or DNP).  While there are many skilled clinicians in every field, Medical Doctors are the only doctors that have attended Medical School.   If you click on the button below, you will find a good visual representation of the amount of post-graduate full-time education and training Psychiatrists receive prior to practicing independently.  The two navy bars farthest to the right are the additional years of training Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists receive beyond their Adult Psychiatry Residency.
 

Credit for this graph goes to Dr. Sean Wilkes.  

Dr. Mendel's educational background includes: 

  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Science in Biology & Society, graduated Cum Laude

  • Georgetown University, Master of Science in Physiology

  • State University of New York Upstate School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine

  • Harvard Medical School, Harvard Longwood Joint Program with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program

  • Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

  • Board Certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry

  • Board Certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Board Certification from the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons in Adult Psychiatry

  • Board Certification from the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Mendel's experience includes:

  • Child and Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatrist at Needham Psychotherapy Associates, Needham, MA

  • Child and Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatrist at Comprehensive Psychiatric Associates, Wellesley, MA

  • Child and Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatrist at Child and Family Psychological Services, a division of Lifestance

  • Supervising Cambridge Health Alliance Psychiatry Residents and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows

  • Co-Leader of Social Skills Group for 1st grade girls at a Cambridge Public Elementary School

  • Co-Leader of Social Skills Group for adolescent boys ages 11-17 at Cambridge Health Alliance Outpatient Clinic

  • Guest Lecturer and Medical Teaching at Harvard Medical School

    • Instructor, "Introduction to Child Psychopathology" 8 week course for first year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA, 2015

    • Lecturer, "Clinical Anxiety Cases," Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Seminar for First Year Fellows, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA, 2019

    • Lecturer, "Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents," Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Seminar for first year Fellows, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA, 2020.