Pamela Varrin, PhD

Faculty Associate

VarrinPam became a member of the family faculty at the Institute several years ago, bringing her own dual perspective as both a clinical psychologist and the mother of a child with disabilities to the process.  With her family faculty colleagues, she contributes to developing curricula and facilitating IPEP workshops.

“At the Institute, we are all teachers and we are all learners.  Sharing and valuing the learning potential in all perspectives is transformative.  Having the opportunity to share the knowledge I have gained over time as the parent of a youngadult with special health care needs gives meaning and purpose to my experience.  I am continually amazed and honored to be a part of this process.”

Pam holds the position of Coordinator of Family Support Services at the Cotting School in Lexington, MA.  Cotting is a day school for students with a diverse range of cognitive disabilities, physical challenges, communication disorders, and complex medical conditions, ages 3 through 22.  Through sharing information and nurturing connections, she pursues the goal of establishing a safe, reliable, and empowering community for families raising children with disabilities.

Pam came to Cotting after working in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist in the Boston area for a number of years.  An important focus of her work centered on understanding the components of individual and family resilience in the face of serious illness, disability, and other forms of trauma.

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