Alison M. Duncan, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Duncan is also an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She specializes in emergency psychiatry, pediatric consult-liaison psychiatry, suicide, substance use disorders, severe mental illness, ADHD, and depression in childhood and adolescence. Dr. Duncan sings with Coro Allegro, Boston's LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus. She is often accompanied in the hospital by her dog, Cocoa, whose therapeutic skills are in high demand. Dr. Duncan's research focuses on emergency psychiatry, implementation science, quality improvement and parent-adolescent communication.
  • Departments

  • Specialties

    Substance use disorders, severe mental illness, ADHD, depression in childhood and adolescence, suicide, emergency psychiatry, pediatric consult-liaison psychiatry

  • Contact

  • Primary Location

    1 Boston Medical Center Pl
    Boston, MA 02118
  • Administrative Title

    Assistant professor of Psychiatry, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

  • Residency

    General Psychiatry, The University of New Mexico, 2016
  • Fellowship

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Brown University/Bradley Hospital, 2018
  • Education

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 2013
  • Board Certifications

    Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Research Interests

    Emergency psychiatry, implementation science, quality improvement, parent-adolescent communication