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Meet Dr. Alex Bettis, PhD (she/her)

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Tennessee and authorized to provide telehealth psychotherapy services through PSYPACT. I am also a clinical scientist and faculty member in the Psychiatry Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where I study teen and family mental health using novel digital health approaches.

I currently live in Nashville, Tennessee with my dog Fitz, and I enjoy spending my free time getting outside, playing tennis, going to Nashville Soccer Club games, and volunteering with local organizations like the East Nashtivisits and Wags & Walks Nashville.

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Background and Training

I am passionate about evidence-based intervention for mental health problems in children, teens, and young adults. I received my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2018, where I trained in research methods and evidence-based assessment and therapy for a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, trauma-related distress, and OCD. I completed a one-year clinical residency in child mental health at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. During this residency, I trained in inpatient psychiatry, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient therapy settings. After receiving my degree, I was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health research training fellowship at Brown Medical School to study teen suicide and self-harm.


Following my fellowship, I joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where I serve as the Director of the Regulating Emotions and Stress in Teens Lab and lead multiple NIH-funded studies employing digital mental health approaches to study teen and family suicide prevention.  I have published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in child and family mental health, presented at national and international conferences, and led trainings in the hospital and community setting focused on evidence-based practices for assessing and managing child mental health crises. I was selected as a 2019 NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services Fellow and a 2024 NIH mHealth Training Institute Scholar.

Contact Me

If you are interested in professional collaboration or consultation, fill out my consultation contact form or connect with me on LinkedIn to discuss further.

If you are interested in psychological services, fill out my psychotherapy contact form to schedule a brief consultation call to see if I am a fit for your therapy needs.

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