Specialties & Expertise
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Eating disorders and body image concerns
College mental health
Work and life stressors
Transitioning to the adult life
Dr. Rebecca Shingleton is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Boston, MA. Her specialty lies in supporting clients with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and stress management. Having previously trained at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, she particularly enjoys working with college students and young adults and helping them navigate career or academic difficulties, adjustment concerns, relationships, and life transitions.
Dr. Shingleton draws upon empirically supported tools in treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance-based therapy (ACT). She uses exposure therapy with response prevention for clients with OCD and CBT for clients with eating disorders. Above all, she is committed to personalizing each client’s treatment plan and providing a warm and open environment to catalyze change.
Dr. Shingleton completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Princeton University, research assistantship at Columbia University Medical Center, and doctoral studies at Boston University. Additionally, she completed postdoctoral training at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Shingleton brings her extensive clinical experience to help clients live a values-based life and reach the life they want to live, while coping with any mental health challenges they may be facing.
Message to clients
Welcome! I am Dr. Rebecca Shingleton, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in downtown Boston. Thank you for visiting my profile – I have provided some information about my approach and background, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have.
I evaluate and treat symptoms related to anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, depression, and eating disorders. Additionally, I work with adults looking to effectively navigate current life stressors (e.g., work challenges, interpersonal relationships, transitions). My aim is to create a compassionate and open environment in order to address my patients’ concerns. I use state of the art interventions such as cognitive behavioral and acceptance based strategies. These empirically supported tools have been shown to be successful at catalyzing change. I then personalize treatment in order to effectively and efficiently achieve my client’s goals.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Princeton University, research assistantship at Columbia University Medical Center, doctoral studies at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, clinical internship at Weill Cornell Medicine, and postdoctoral training at the VA Boston Healthcare System. In these settings, I have trained with international experts in cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of emotional disorders. In addition to my private practice, I teach an undergraduate course at Harvard University and provide research mentorship to students. I have also consulted for digital therapeutic companies seeking to integrate cognitive behavioral strategies and research into their product. I have received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, published over 15 papers and book chapters, and have presented on a range of topics pertaining to mental health both nationally and internationally.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) -
Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Eating disorders and body image concerns -
Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns
Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
College mental health -
Challenges facing college students including adjustment, academics, and relationships
Work and life stressors -
Navigating day-to-day stressors through cognitive behavioral, acceptance-based, and mindfulness practices
Transitioning to the adult life -
Facilitating the struggles, hopes, and dreams of a modern emerging adult
Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated
Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Work and Education
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Harvard University, Instructor, 2017 - Present
VA Boston Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016 - 2017
Boston University, PhD, 2016
Weill Cornell Medicine, Clinical Internship, 2015 - 2016
Columbia University Medical Center, Research Assistant, 2008 - 2010
Princeton University, AB, 2006