Dr. Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero is a Clinical Psychologist at PVD Psychological Associates. She is a bicultural and bilingual therapist (native fluency in Spanish) and provides individual therapy to college students, adolescents, and adults. In addition to her focus on college mental health, Dr. Ruggiero specializes in the areas of complex traumas, identity development, depressive disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and working with LGBTQIA-identified individuals.
The majority of Dr. Ruggiero’s work as a therapist has been with a college and graduate student population. She enjoys working with young adult/college aged individuals, as this is a critical time in identity development. For several years, she also worked in community mental health and intensive outpatient hospital based settings, working with children/adolescents, and adults, respectively. Therapy can offer a creative and safe space for insight building, self-awareness, and it can lay a foundation for emotional healing and other changes.
Dr. Ruggiero involves herself in other parts of the field of Psychology, including resiliency studies, suicide prevention programs and social justice efforts within the LGBTQIA community. It is important to Dr. Ruggiero to continue to challenge herself within the field and continue to grow, personally and professionally.