Alexis Bancroft, PhD, is a psychologist in the Autism Center at the Child Mind Institute. She is a nationally certified school psychologist and a leader in the field of early childhood development. Dr. Bancroft specializes in the psychological and neuropsychological evaluation of individuals with autism and co-occurring neurodevelopmental disorders. She received her PhD in school psychology from Columbia University and completed an APA-accredited internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, NY. Dr. Bancroft also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship program in pediatric psychology, with an emphasis in neurodevelopmental disorders, at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Bancroft has provided clinical services as a part of a multidisciplinary team in academic medicine as well as in schools, hospitals, day treatment, and outpatient centers. She has expertise in the early identification and evidence-based treatment of young children with autism and advanced training in the gold standard diagnostic measures for autism, including the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). Therapeutically, she is skilled in adapting cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to support emotional development in neurodivergent youth. Dr. Bancroft has presented research on autism, language development, and behavior at regional and national conferences.
In her current role, Dr. Bancroft provides comprehensive evaluations to children with complex medical, developmental, behavioral, learning, and psychiatric presentations, with a focus on early childhood assessment. She coaches parents on how to support their child’s social, behavioral, and emotional development, including how to build skills important to success in daily life and beyond. She follows patients throughout their childhood and into young adulthood, helping families navigate any new challenges that may arise while providing anticipatory guidance and support along the way. She also collaborates with school professionals to develop strengths-based plans to support engagement, attention, flexibility, and social functioning in the classroom.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Bancroft is dedicated to the supervision, teaching, and mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
- Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Staff Psychologist, Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
- Psychology Intern, Child Track, Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, NY
- Psychology Extern, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES), Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, NY
- School Psychology Extern, Bronxville School District, NY
- Psychology Extern, Autism Spectrum Center, NYU Child Study Center, NY
- School Psychology Practicum, Immaculate Conception School, NY
- School Psychology Practicum, Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services, NY
- PhD, School Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
- EdM, School Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
- MA, Educational Psychology: Schooling, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
- BA, Psychology, University of Miami, FL