Emily  Spurrell

Emily Spurrell

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, evening, and daytime appointments in online and Providence practices (updated March 20, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders
  • Infertility counseling
  • College mental health
  • Physician wellness
  • Couples counseling
  • Parenting
  • Graduate medical education
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Dr. Emily Spurrell is a seasoned psychologist in Providence, Rhode Island with deep expertise in eating disorders, college mental health, infertility, transition to parenthood, and physician mental health. Dr. Spurrell sees many members of the Brown University community, including undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Spurrell utilizes an eclectic approach, drawing upon her over 20 years of experience in private practice to tailor her style to each individual's needs. She incorporates both skill-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and insight-oriented approaches such as psychodynamic therapy. Dr. Spurrell values a team-based approach and works collaboratively with each client’s healthcare team to ensure progress and overall well-being.

Dr. Spurrell received her BA from Brown University, her PhD from Yale University, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess through Harvard Medical School. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Spurrell is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior through Brown University's Alpert Medical School and a Consulting Psychologist to the OB/GYN Residency Program at Women & Infants' Hospital. She is dedicated to the mental wellness of health professionals and runs support groups for medical school student and residents.

To make an appointment, please text Dr. Spurrell at 401-374-4897 or leave a voice message at 401-272-7347 x2.

Message to clients

I view therapy as a collaborative process. Much like an editor for a writer, a coach for an athlete, or a director for an actor, I respect that you bring your knowledge of yourself and I bring knowledge from years of listening and assisting others. I aim to create a private and safe place to sort through dilemmas, struggles, challenging feelings and experiences.


Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns

Infertility counseling - Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression

College mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

Physician wellness - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma

Couples counseling - Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities

Parenting - Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children

Graduate medical education - Works with medical students to improve mental health and overall wellbeing

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $230 (50min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Spurrell can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

325 Angell Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1997 - Present

Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Assistant Clinical Professor, 1999 - Present

Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School, Women & Infants' Hospital, OB/GYN Residency Program, Consulting Psychologist, 2001 - Present

Women & Infants' Hospital, Fellowship in Mental Health, Faculty

Women & Infants' Hospital, GYN Oncology Fellowship Program, Clinical Educator, 2017 - Present

Women & Infants' Hospital, Division of Reproduction and Infertility, Staff Psychologist, 2001 - 2015

Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, Assistant Clinical Director, 1993 - 1995

Butler Hospital, Eating Disorders Therapist and Research Psychologist, 1997 - 2000

Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1995 - 1997

Yale University, PhD, 1996

Yale University, M. Phil, 1993

Yale University, MA, 1992

Brown University, BA, 1988


  • English

Call 401-374-4897