Rima Saad

Rima Saad, PH.D.

Clinical Psychologist



Professional Background

Rima Saad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital. She has over 20 years of experience with helping individuals and leading groups.

As a licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked in multiple clinical settings treating people with a variety of difficulties and diagnoses. Through her current position at the Pavilion program at McLean Hospital, she provides individual and group consultation regarding cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Through Dr. Saad’s role at the Pavilion, a comprehensive evaluation program that is nationally and internationally renowned, she is accustomed to working with diverse and complex problems and circumstances. She works with a multidisciplinary team and with renowned experts in a variety of specialties (depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, substance use, personality disorders, and more). Her commitment to providing exceptional care has kept her on the cutting edge of the field with extensive training in evidence based treatments.

In her private practice, Dr. Saad sees people dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, substance use, personality disorders, life transitions, relationship problems, and more. She also works with people on very targeted problems such as job transition, changing negative habits, improving wellness, and assertiveness.

Dr. Saad completed her master’s degree and her PhD at Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). She completed her pre-doctoral internship and her post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


Additional Expertise and Subspecialty

Rima saadWhile Dr. Saad has lived in the US for much of her life, she was raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Through her experience growing up in a time of war, she learned about resilience. In navigating the complexities of living through war at a young age, she learned about the essential ingredients of living well: emotional connection and doing what works. She strives to bring these ingredients into her work on a daily basis.

With her experience living in and visiting the Middle East, Dr. Saad has developed a sub-specialty of working with people from the Middle East. She consults and presents regularly to her colleagues on this topic. She speaks English and Arabic fluently. Additionally, her personal travels and her professional consultations have taken her to Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE. She is very familiar with the cultural norms and expectations and is, as a result, able to provide culturally sensitive therapy tailored to a Middle Eastern clientele.