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Nancy Costello, Ph.D., HSP-P

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Costello is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined PPAD in the spring of 2002.  Dr. Costello has broad training in several areas of academia.  She began her formal education at LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) in 1983 where she obtained a BS in Biology and minors in Psychology and Philosophy.  She obtained her first Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1989 at Albany Medical College (Albany, NY), where she conducted research investigating the relationship between different types of stress and the effectiveness of anxiety reducing drugs.  Her postdoctoral work, at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), was an extension of this interest and was focused in the area of mind-body interactions and behavioral medicine research.  Dr. Costello continued her education in the area of behavioral medicine at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, Florida) and received her second Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology in 1997.   Her clinical internship at the Durham VA Medical Center encompassed working with inpatients, the chronically medically ill, as well as with individuals coping with PTSD, depression, anxiety and sexual dysfunctions. Dr. Costello spent 5 years on the faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill where she conducted research, published, taught classes, and obtained grant funding in the area of health psychology.  Clinically, Dr. Costello continued to see patients at the War Trauma Counseling Center, the Durham VA Medical Center and in Nursing Home facilities throughout the state of North Carolina. Dr. Costello’s approach to treatment is eclectic in nature and focuses on understanding the individual’s direct experience across the life span.  She treats adolescents, adults and older adults with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction, as well as those coping with medical illness, grief and loss or the need for stress and/or anger management.  Dr. Costello is also very committed to treating couples who are dealing with problems in communication, goal setting, life transitions, parenting, time management, sexual dysfunction and infidelity.