• 1990 License and certification by the Massachusetts Board of Certification of Psychologists.
  • 1983-1988, Boston University, Boston, MA, Doctorate in Counseling Psychology,
    APA approved program, Dissertation: Interpersonal Development in Young Adulthood [link to dissertation]
  • 1982-1983, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Master of Education in Human Development,
  • 1977-1981, Boston University, Boston, MA, Bachelor of Science summa cum laude, Human Services and Psychology


  • United States Achievement Academy Collegiate Award
  • Alumni Association Student Award
  • Howard C. Case Scholarship Award
  • Certificate of Recognition, Boston University
  • summa cum laude Bachelor of Science
  • Dean's List every semester Boston University


  • Training seminars in: Neuro-Linguistic Programming; Eriksonian Hypnosis;
  • Family Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy;
  • Treatment of Adult Children of Alcoholics,
  • Chemical Dependency, Eating Disorders.


  • 1984-1991, Clinical private practice, Newton, MA
    Therapist / Psychologist
  • 1989-1991 Charles River Counseling Center Newton, MA
    Staff Psychologist
    Duties included: Diagnostic and Psychological Assessment; Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Psychotherapy - Recovery Group for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families; Crisis Management; Community Outreach and School Consultation.
  • Spring, 1989, Lesley College, Graduate School, Regional Outreach, Cambridge, MA, Adjunct Faculty
    Taught graduate course titled: "Emotional Development and Interpersonal Communication.
  • 1987-1991, Family Relationships Project, Boston University Boston, MA
    Research Associate
    Research associate with the Family Relationships Project, a cross-sectional/longitudinal study of young adult relationships, funded by NIMH (MH31719), Dr. White, Director.
  • 1986-1987, South Shore / Quincy Mental Health Center, Quincy, MA
    Clinical Psychology, APA approved internship
    Major Rotation - Adult Outpatient Services. Duties included: Diagnostic Assessment; Psychological Assessment; Individual and Marital Psychotherapy; Group Therapy - Adult Children of Alcoholics; Crisis Management; Community Outreach.

    Minor Rotation - QMHC, an innovative, acute, inpatient treatment program. Duties include: Treatment Coordination; Psychological Assessment; Group Therapy - Yalom treatment model; Individual Therapy; Short-Term Crisis Intervention with individuals and their families
  • 1985-1986, Laboure Mental Health Center, South Boston, MA
    Psychology Internship
    Duties included: Diagnostic Assessment; Psychological Assessment; Individual Psychotherapy - children, adolescents, and adults; Family Therapy; Group Therapy - adult substance abuser group; School Consultations.
  • 1984-1985, Brighton-Allston Mental Health Clinic, Brighton, MA
    Psychology Internship
    Duties included: Diagnostic Assessment; Psychological Assessment; Individual, Marital, and Family Therapy; Group Therapy; Community Outreach Services: counseling services for an elderly housing project and clinical consultation to treatment providers in the Horace Mann School's deaf program
  • 1983-1984, Brookline High School, Brookline, MA
    Counseling Practicum
    Duties included: General Guidance and Vocational Counseling; Crisis Intervention; Intensive Individual Psychotherapy - full case load of adolescents who were resistant to outside referrals; Group Therapy.
  • Fall, 1984, Boston University, School of Education, Boston, MA
    Teaching Assistant
    Employed as teaching assistant to Dr. Oliva Espin for a graduate level course- "Mental Health: Philosophy, Theory, and Practice" - which provided an overview of all major therapeutic approaches.
  • Summer, 1984, The Family Center, Inc., Somerville, MA
    Duties included: Administration of a non-profit organization providing family therapy and outreach to a low income population; Clinical Intake; and Crisis Intervention.
  • 1982-1984, The Family Center, Inc., Somerville, MA
    Research Assistant
    Employed as assistant to Dr. David Kantor in the development of a new research paradigm for evaluating and supervising the process and outcome of family therapy from a systemic perspective. Duties included: observation and evalua
  • 1980-1984, Choice, Perspective, and Integrity Associates, Somerville, MA
    Information and counseling organization servicing families of cult victims and ex-members of cult groups
    Counselor, Educator, Administrator
    Involved in designing a non-coercive approach to cult-exit interventions utilizing a family systems approach. Provided workshops on communication skills for families and professionals. Duties also included: crisis intervention; family therapy; individual and group therapy for ex-members of cult groups.
  • 1981-1982, Developmental Services for Children, San Jose, CA
    Residential Counselor - Juvenile Delinquents
  • 1979-1981, Parent's Aid Society, Boston, MA
    Women's Reproductive Health Counselor
  • 1978-1979, Hope House: Alcohol Recovery Home, Boston, MA


  • Bar-Yam A. (1990) Toward Understanding Young Adult Relationships: A Developmental Perspective
    Paper presented at the Clinical Developmental Institute, Belmont, MA.
  • Bar-Yam A. (1989).Stages of interpersonal development in young adulthood.
    Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, annual conference,
    New Orleans, Louisiana, August, 1989. See more info on Education Resources Information Center website
  • Bar-Yam A. (1989). Beyond Erikson: Stages of Interpersonal development and their manifestation in young adulthood. Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological
    Association annual meeting, Spring 1989, Boston, MA
  • Bar-Yam A. (1988) Interpersonal Development Scoring Manual, Social and Behavioral Sciences Documents Vol. 18 No, American Psychological Association
  • Bar-Yam - Hassan, A. (1988). Identity, intimacy, and close relationships: Interpersonal development in young adulthood. Paper presented at the Massachusetts Psychological Association annual meeting, Spring 1988, Boston, MA
  • Bar-Yam - Hassan, A., and Bar-Yam, M. (1987). Interpersonal development across the life span: Communion and its interaction with agency in psychosocial development.
    In J. A. Meacham (Ed.), Contributions to Human Development, vol. 18: Interpersonal Relations: Family, Peers, Friends. p. 102-128