As a daughter of an occupational therapist working in nursing homes, Abby Altman, Ph.D., learned from a young age to appreciate and learn from the experiences of seniors. In hopes of a career in geriatrics, as an undergraduate, she worked in a memory lab and developed projects exploring aging and health behaviors. During graduate school, she trained in geriatric clinical settings and enjoyed working for a few years as a behavioral consultant assisting those with dementia in assisted living and nursing homes.
Currently, Dr. Abby Altman works as an Associate Psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical work is focused on older adults and evidence-based psychotherapy. Every day she is honored to participate in her clients’ health-related treatment, whether the focus is on caregiving, managing a dementia diagnosis, considering brain health interventions, or addressing depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Altman is also the psychology lead within the behavioral health program in primary care.
Dr. Abby Altman also has an interest in motivation for health behavior change. She is passionate about the importance of collaborative and strength-supporting interactions to assist in goal achievement. She has trained others in Motivational Interviewing locally, nationally, and internationally.