Allyson Cherkasky Allyson Cherkasky, PhD

617-327-6777 x1417, Work Space 314C


  • Area of Emphasis Director, Health and Behavioral Medicine
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty, Counseling Department


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda (Alliant University)
  • BA in Psychology, Boston University


  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I and II
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Topics in Public Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Special Topics in Eating Disorders
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Assessment and Appraisal
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Health Psychology

Research and Practice Interests

  • Health Psychology
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Integrated behavioral health
  • Obesity/bariatric medicine
  • Eating disorders
  • Women’s health
  • Public health
  • Healthcare disparities

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider (Massachusetts)


  • Excellence in Teaching Award - 2012, Shared with the Counseling Psychology Department, Commencement Exercises, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Publications and Presentations


Cherkasky, A. (2003).  Menopause and Psychiatric Illness.  In Slater L, Henderson Daniel J, and Banks, A (Eds). The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women.  Boston:  Beacon Press.

Cherkasky, A. (2000).  Exacerbations of disfluency and the menstrual cycle in women who stutter.  California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda, CA (doctoral dissertation).

Kreger, DW, Maxon-MacDaniel J, Drexler ML, Cherkasky AS, Nakagawa A, Wolff LE, Zipf-Williams E. (1998).  The evolving role of the neuropsychologist: designing a specialty care unit for Alzheimer’s patients.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 13 (1), 39-40.

Podicasts or Videos

Webinars at William James College – several per year:

  • Careers in Mental Health
  • Counseling Department
  • Health and Behavioral Medicine concentration

Select Presentations

Presenter, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2007
DSM-IV Criteria for Eating Disorders:  Inherent Problems & Implications
New England Eating Disorders Research Collaborative

Presenter, Walden Behavioral Care, Waltham, MA, 2006
The Continuum of Care:  Clinical Challenges of Working with Eating  Disorder Patients
(Beyond the Basics: A Review of the Treatment of Eating Disorders; Day conference)

Guest Speaker, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2005
Integrative Approaches to the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Harvard Eating Disorders Center & Neuroendocrine Department

Expert Panelist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2005
Harvard Eating Disorders Consortium 
Harvard Eating Disorders Center & Neuroendocrine Department

Presenter, Walden Behavioral Care, Waltham, MA, 2004
The Role of Psychoeducation in the Treatment of Eating Disorders 
Professional Lecture Series, co-sponsored by MEDA and Walden Behavioral Care

Guest Speaker, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, West Roxbury, MA, 2004
Clinical Assessment and Interventions in Obesity                                         
PsyD seminar

Guest Speaker, Cambridge Health Alliance , Cambridge, MA, 2004
Practical Approaches to Obesity 
Med-Psych Grand Rounds

Guest Speaker, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA, 2003
Emotional Changes Associated with Menopause
Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Clinical Supervisor, William James College
  • Academic Policy and Standards Committee

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Interim Field Placement Director, Counseling Department, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • Clinical Director, Eating Disorders Services, Walden Behavioral Care, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Consultant, Walden Behavioral Care
  • Wellness for Women – private practice, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Newton Wellesley Eating Disorders & Behavioral Medicine, group practice
  • Staff Psychologist - Women’s Health Center, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Adjunct faculty, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association

Community Engagement

2014, Patient and Family Panel Presentation: Novel Approaches in the Treatment of Depression, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry