About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in psycho-legal evaluations.


Dr. Pivovarova’ primary research interests are at the intersection of addiction and the legal system, bioethics of research, and assessment of individuals involved with the legal system.

She recently completed a UMMS Mentored Career Award (KL2) that sought to investigate predictors of retention in Drug Treatment Courts. In 2020, she was awarded a NIDA K23 to examine implementation of medications for opioid use disorders in Drug Treatment Courts. Dr. Pivovarova is currently a co-Investigator on the Massachusetts Justice Community Opioid Initiative Network study examining implementation of medications for opioid use disorder in jails and was a mentee in the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Program on Substance Use and Infectious Disease.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University (2012)

Internship at Bellevue Hospital Center/New York University School of Medicine

Clinical Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (2013)

Research Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University (2015)