Andrea E. Spencer, M.D.

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


Using deployment-focused research methods, Dr. Spencer will develop and test feasibility of an ADHD Family Engagement Intervention

Andrea E. Spencer, M.D.

Research Description

Using deployment-focused research methods, Dr. Spencer will develop and test feasibility of an ADHD Family Engagement Intervention designed to improve treatment engagement and quality of life, reduce symptoms and decrease disparities in ADHD care.

Research Impact

Dr. Spencer will develop an ADHD Family Engagement Intervention for diverse children in primary care with the input of key stakeholders (families, providers, support staff, school personnel) using a mixed-methods approach. She will undertake a pilot test of the intervention to assess feasibility, acceptability and impact on intervention targets, with treatment engagement as the primary outcome.


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B.A. in Music, Yale College, Cum Laude with distinction in the major, 2003

M.D. Harvard Medical School, Cum Laude, 2008

Combined child, adolescent and adult psychiatry residency, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, 2013


  • Paul Dudley White International Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2007).
  • Global and Humanitarian Center of Expertise Travel Awardee, Partners Healthcare, Boston, MA (2011).
  • National Institutes of Mental Health Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Fellow, Pittsburgh, PA (2015).


  • Spencer AE, Uchida M, Kenworthy T, Keary CJ, Biederman J. Glutamatergic dysregulation in pediatric psychiatric disorders: a systematic review of the magnetic resonance spectroscopy literature. J Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Nov;75(11):1226-41. doi: 10.4088/JCP.13r08767.
  • Spencer AE*, Uchida M*, Biederman J, Castro VM, Kenworthy T, Chan J, Rosales AM, Newton-Cheh C, Perlis RH. A Systematic Evaluation of the QTc Interval and Antidepressants in Youth: An Electronic Health Record Study. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2015 Jul-Aug;36(6):434-9. *Co-first author.
  • Spencer AE, Faraone SV, Bogucki OE, Pope AL, Uchida M, Milad MR, Spencer TJ, Woodworth KY, Biederman J.  Examining the Association between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Jan;77(1):72-83. doi: 10.4088/JCP.14r09479.

  • Spencer AE, Marin MF, Milad MR, Spencer TJ, Bogucki OE, Pope AL, Plasencia N, Hughes B, Pace-Schott EF, Fitzgerald M, Uchida M, Biederman J Mohammed. Abnormal Fear Circuitry in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Controlled Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Apr 30;262:55-62. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2016.12.015. Epub 2017 Feb 10.