Chelsey Barrios Foster, PhD

( she/her/hers )

Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow


Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia

Ages Treated

Ages 4 and Up

Practice Philosophy:

Dr. Chelsey Barrios Foster provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, identity development, adjustment issues, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and executive functioning difficulties. She uses her warm and compassionate demeanor to form strong bonds with clients of all ages, and believes in the importance of a positive and genuine therapeutic relationship. Using an integrative, evidence-based approach, treatment is tailored to the unique goals and needs of each client and family. In treating children, Dr. Foster values collaboration and works directly with parents and other members of a child’s “team” (e.g., school teachers, medical professionals, and other therapeutic providers). Dr. Foster empowers her clients to identify and explore emotions, understand unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought, and develop effective coping skills. She strives to create a supportive environment to foster hope, resilience, and positive change.

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Foster has specialized expertise in treating anxiety disorders across the lifespan, from preschool through adulthood, and often incorporates exposure therapy techniques into her work. For children and teens, this includes empowering parents to serve as “coaches” to help youth regulate their emotions and effectively cope. She has extensive experience helping children with chronic medical diagnoses manage psychological distress and improve health behaviors. She is interested in helping people manage stressful life changes, including the developmental transitions into adolescence and young adulthood, as well as changes in family or school circumstances. Dr. Foster draws from multiple evidence-based techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches, and dialectical behavior therapy. She also conducts psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Experience and Training:

Dr. Foster received her bachelor’s in psychology from Williams College, and her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her clinical training has included assessment, treatment, and consultation across a variety of settings, including outpatient community settings, medical specialty clinics, primary care, inpatient medical settings, and clinical research studies. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (an affiliate of Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Maryland Medical System), and her practicum training at Children’s National Hospital. Her research focused on risk and protective factors for the development of psychopathology, and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Graduate Student Achievement Award in Clinical Practice from the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Dr. Foster has completed continuing education requirements that meet the initiatives of The Ross Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

Blog Posts and Events:

Dr. Foster completed her PhD and is the inaugural fellow in The Ross Center’s new postdoctoral program, being mentored by Abigail Romirowsky, PhD throughout her fellowship. Dr. Foster is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia, and a Psychology Associate in Washington, DC.

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