1998   Duke University     A.B. (Psychology)

2007  Clark University     M.A. (Clinical Psychology)

2010   Clark University     Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)


1994-1998, Research Assistant, Duke University

2001-2003, Research Assistant/Coordinator, The APT Foundation/Yale University

2004-2010, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Clark University

2009-2010, Clinical Intern, South Shore Mental Health

2010-2011, Clinical Fellow, South Shore Mental Health

2010-2011, Lecturer, Northeastern University

2011-2014, Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School

2012-2014, Clinical Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School

2014-Present, Assistant in Psychology/Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

2014-Present, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

2013-Present, Director of Research and Evaluation, Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital



Ablon, JS, Pollastri, AR. The School Discipline Fix.  New York, NY.  W. W. Norton & Co. (2018)

Ablon JS, Pollastri AR, Hone M, eds. Collaborative Problem Solving: Implementation and Practice Across Settings. New York, NY.  Springer. (in press)


Raftery-Helmer, JN, Pollastri, AR. (2018). Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. In EB Braaten, ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders.

Pollastri, AR, Rosenbaum, CH, Ablon, JS. (in press) Disruptive behavior disorders.  In: HK Wilson, EB Braaten, eds. The MGH Guide to Learning Disabilities, 1st ed.


Pollastri AR, Pokrywa ML, Kranzler HR, Gelernter J. Incentive program decreases no-shows in non-treatment substance abuse research.  Exp Clin Psychopharm. 2005; 13: 376-380.

O’Donnell EH, Moreau M, Cardemil EV, Pollastri AR. Interparental conflict, parenting, and childhood depression in a diverse urban population: The role of general cognitive style. J Youth Adolesc. 2010; 39: 12-22.

Pollastri AR, Cardemil EV, O’Donnell EH. Self-esteem in pure bullies and bully/victims:  A longitudinal analysis.  J Interpers Viol. 2010; 25: 1489-1502.

Pollastri AR, Epstein LD, Heath GH, Ablon JS. The Collaborative Problem Solving approach: Outcomes across settings. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2013; 21: 188-199.

Duncan LE, Pollastri AR,  Smoller JW. Mind the gap: Why many geneticists and psychological scientists have discrepant views about gene-environment interaction (GxE) research. Am Psychol. 2014; 69: 249-268.

Reigeluth C, Pollastri AR, Cardemil EV, & Addis ME. "Mad scared" versus "I was sad”: Emotional expression and response in urban adolescent males. J Adolesc. 2016; 49: 232-43.

Pollastri AR, Lieberman RE, Boldt S, Ablon JS. Minimizing seclusion and restraint in youth residential and day treatment through site-wide implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving. Resid Treat Child Youth. 2016; 33: 186-205.

Pollastri AR, Raftery-Helmer JN, Cardemil EV, Addis ME. Social context, emotional expressivity, and social adjustment in adolescent males. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 2018; 19:69-77.

Wang L, Pollastri AR, Vuijk PJ, Hill EN, Lee BA, Samkavitz A, Braaten EB, Ablon JS, Doyle, AE. Reliability and validity of the Thinking Skills Inventory, a screening tool for cross-diagnostic skill deficits underlying youth behavioral challenges. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment (in press).



Presentation Topics:

Skill not Will: Rethinking School Discipline

Collaborative Problem Solving: Effective Treatment for Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Evaluating Treatment Outcomes in Residential Treatment

Evaluating the Success of an Evidence-Based Treatment

Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Bio-Psycho-Social Etiologies and Treatments

Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to Maintain Staff Wellbeing

Research Careers in Psychology


Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Judge Baker Children’s Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

South Shore Mental Health, Quincy, MA

Greater Malden System of Care, Malden, MA

Clark University, Worcester, MA

Camp Starfish, Rindge, NH

KIPP School National Summit, Anaheim, CA

Youth Villages, Inc., Memphis TN

Guam System of Care, Guam

Berry Street Youth Services, Victoria, Australia


Pollastri AR, Smoller JW, Kranzler H, Sherva R, Koesterer R, Farrell J, Farrer L, Gelernter J. A Genome-wide Association Study of Human Aggressive Behavior. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the World Congress in Psychiatric Genetics; Oct 2013; Boston MA.

Ablon JS, Pollastri AR. Implementing and Evaluating the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach.  An Intensive Workshop conducted at the annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference; Mar 2014; Tampa, FL.

Pollastri AR, Epstein LE,  Ablon JS.  Collaborative Problem Solving as an Intervention for the Reduction of Challenging Behavior: Introduction and Evidence.  In A.R Pollastri (Chair), The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: Implementation and Evidence Across Settings and Systems. Symposium conducted at the annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference; Mar 2014; Tampa, FL.

Pollastri AR, Lieberman RE, Boldt SL, Ablon JS. Collaborative Problem Solving Reduces Restraint and Seclusion in Youth Residential and Day Treatment. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development; Mar 2015; Philadelphia, PA.

Pollastri AR, Ablon JS.  Evaluating Fidelity and Outcomes of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Paper presented at the annual Association for Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) Conference;  March 2017; Portland, Oregon.

Pollastri AR, Ablon JS.  Site-wide Implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving: The Role of Implementation Science.  In M Hone (Chair), Collaborative Problem Solving: Site-wide and System-wide Implementation.  Symposium conducted at the annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference; Mar 2017; Tampa, FL.

Pollastri AR, Ablon JS, Tatartcheff-Quesnel N, Hone M. Collaborative Problem Solving: An innovative and evidence-based approach to understanding and treating children’s behavioral challenges.  Poster presented at the annual conference of the World Psychiatric Association; Feb 2018; Melbourne, Australia.

Welty M, Pollastri AR, Ablon JS. Problem Sexual Behavior: Skill not Will? Applying Collaborative Problem Solving to PSB. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC); Mar 2018; Boston, MA.

Ablon JS, Kling N, Pollastri AR. Rethinking Challenging Kids. Presentation conducted at the annual conference of the National Council for Behavioral Health (NatCon); Apr 2018; Washington DC.



Camp Starfish, Rindge, NH

CPS Project at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, OR

Youth Villages, Memphis, TN

Association of Children's Residential Centers (ACRC)

Three Squeeze Technology, Portland, OR