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Larisa Litvinov, PhD

Senior Psychologist, ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center
Child Mind Institute


Olivia Cowan, Staff Associate

Larisa Litvinov, PhD, is a senior psychologist in the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Litvinov has worked as a psychologist, trainer, and supervisor on both the West and East Coasts. She has over 20 years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of behavioral, anxiety, and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Litvinov has worked extensively with children from 0–21 years of age who have been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She has expertise in several evidence-based treatment modalities, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and child-parent psychotherapy (CPP). Dr. Litvinov has certifications in the Reflective Parenting Program and Adoption Specific Therapy (ADAPT), as well as PCIT. She also specializes in early childhood mental health and adoption-specific treatment. She has found that working with children who has experienced chronic trauma requires looking beyond the diagnoses and using the adoption, trauma, biological, and developmental lenses to understand and help children and their families.

Before joining the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Litvinov was a clinical psychologist at TIES for Families–South Bay, a clinic in the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC-DMH), for 17 years. During her tenure there, Dr. Litvinov was an assistant clinical professor at UCLA and a member of the clinical faculty for the APA-accredited Harbor-UCLA Department of Psychology postdoctoral fellowship. This allowed her to participate in evaluation, treatment, and training of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology trainees and other clinical staff in several of the above evidence-based treatment modalities. Dr. Litvinov is also a UC Davis-certified PCIT trainer. When she returned to New York, Dr. Litvinov was a clinical supervisor and Director of Mental Health Administration and Strategy at the Association to Benefit Children.

Across these roles and experiences, Dr. Litvinov has retained a passion for the integration of trauma-specific, attachment-based, cognitive-behavioral, and family system interventions to guide children across all ages through the healing process so that they and their families can thrive.


  • Clinical Supervisor and Director of Mental Health Administration and Strategy, Association to Benefit Children, Fast Break, New York, NY
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • Director of Clinical Training, TIES for Families/LAC-DMH, Torrance, CA
  • Clinical Psychologist, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Torrance, CA


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychology/TIES for Adoption, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Doctoral Internship, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Agency, Los Angeles, CA
  • Externships across outpatient mental health setting in Los Angeles and Washington DC area with training in psychological evaluations and evidence-based interventions with children and adults


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • MA, Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, CA
  • BA, Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, PA

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