Michelle L. West, Ph.D. PDF Print E-mail


Michelle L. West, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with the CEDAR Clinic and the Commonwealth Research Center (CRC). She is the Assistant Clinical Director of the CEDAR Clinic and the Project Director of NAPLS (one of the center's research studies). Dr. West supervises referrals to the center, conducts individual and family therapy, does case consultations with providers in the community, completes diagnostic and psychosis risk evaluations with young adults and their families, supervises NAPLS procedures, supervises trainees (doctoral-level psychology trainees, research assistants, and undergraduate volunteers), and manages clinic assessment data. In addition, Dr. West does outreach presentations to raise awareness about new advances in early detection and treatment of early signs of psychosis.

Clinical and Clinical Research Interests: Dr. West has experience working with people with psychotic illnesses in clinical, research, and forensic contexts, at all stages of development of psychotic symptoms. Her research has focused on stigma and self-stigma of mental illness, as well as multiple projects focused on serious mental illness (e.g., peer support services, coping). She is currently involved in several research projects focused on understanding clinical high risk for psychosis through the CRC, including as the project director of NAPLS. Her clinical and research interests include diagnosis and treatment with complex clinical presentations, cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBT-p), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and assessment/collaborative management of suicide and violence risk.


Academic: Dr. West is an Instructor in Psychology of Harvard Medical School, at Massachusetts Mental Health Center Public Psychiatry Division of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. West earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy at Colgate University, her master's in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and her doctorate in clinical psychology at the City University of New York Graduate Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 02:52