Faculty & Staff

Alice Carter, PhD

Faculty Affiliate, Center for Social Policy
Director of Clinical Psychology PhD Program, College of Liberal Arts


photo of Alice Carter

Areas of Expertise

Identification of infants and toddlers at risk for problems in social, behavioral, and emotional functioning; the role of family functioning in child development.


PhD, University of Houston

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Alice Carter is a professor and director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology in the Psychology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, an associate research scientist at the Yale University Child Study Center, and a research associate in the Boston University Medical School Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Trained as a Clinical Psychologist, Professor Carter’s work focuses on young children’s development in the context of family relationships, with an emphasis on the early identification of psychopathology and factors that place children at risk for difficulties in social and emotional development. Carter is an author or co-author of over 145 articles and chapters. She is also the co-author of the (soon to be updated) Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment with Rebecca Del Carmen, PhD, as well as the Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (ITSEA) and the Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) with Margaret Briggs-Gowan, PhD.  Her primary research interests include: 1) early identification and evaluation of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers experiencing and/or at risk for later psychopathology; 2) improving early identification, evaluation, and treatment of infants and toddlers with autism spectrum and anxiety disorders; 3)  evaluating interventions that reduce early onset psychopathology and parenting stress and enhance child competencies and parenting efficacy; and 4) understanding reciprocal relations between developmental trajectories for children and family functioning. She is delighted to be part of the evaluation team of the Thrive in Five initiative with Donna Haig Friedman, Mary Coonan, Oscar Gutierrez, and Anne Douglass within the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. With respect to teaching and training, she has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has also conducted trainings on assessment of infant mental health and early detection of autism spectrum disorders nationally and internationally.

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