Specialty Areas: Diagnostic Evaluation; Eating Disorders.
Office Location: Manhattan
Andrea Vazzana, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and a licensed psychologist at the Child Study Center. Dr. Vazzana specializes in treating maladaptive eating habits, including Anorexia, Bulimia, picky eating, and binge eating. Dr. Vazzana is particularly interested in morbid obesity and conducts psychological assessments and counseling with weight-loss surgery candidates. She is one of a select group of professionals nationwide with experience in evaluating adolescents for gastric banding.
As a forensic psychologist, Dr. Vazzana has completed specialized training in psychological evaluations involved in criminal, civil, and family law. She has extensive courtroom experience as an expert witness. Forensic cases have included evaluations of child custody, risk assessment, and emotional harm, as well as competency and insanity evaluations. Other clinical interests include treatment of disruptive behaviors, noncompliance, and self-injurious behaviors.
Dr. Vazzana completed her bachelor's degree and master's degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University in Baltimore. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Tulane University School of Medicine.
Prior to joining the Child Study Center, Dr. Vazzana was a senior psychologist at Manhattan Family Court where she performed several hundred court-ordered evaluations pertaining to juvenile delinquency and child protective proceedings.
Dr. Vazzana is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and has presented her research at surgical and psychological conferences, including the Academic Surgical Congress and the International Conference on Eating Disorders. She is a speaker at community symposiums and a frequent contributor to a broad range of media outlets, including Parenting, Seventeen, and Cookie magazines, WebMD, and CNN Headline News. She has consulted internationally, most recently in Northern Africa.
Dr. Vazzana is quoted in You'd Be So Pretty If...: Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies - Even When We Don't Love Our Own by Dara Chadwick.