Pamela Varrin, Ph.D.

Family Support Coordinator, Mental Health Team, Senior Administration

Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brown University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.

"I came to Cotting with experience as both a clinical psychologist and the parent of a child with disabilities. Previously working in the community mental health system and then in private practice in the Boston area, I was particularly interested in understanding what helped individuals and families retain and develop resilience in the face of serious illness, disability, and other forms of trauma. From my dual perspective as parent and professional, at Cotting I strive to be responsive to and learn from each family’s experience and needs in contributing to a supportive community. Through sharing information and nurturing the experience of belonging, I pursue the goal of maintaining a safe, reliable, and empowering community for families raising children with disabilities.

We all feel supported when we feel heard and understood, when we know that our experience and expertise brings something valued to the table. The education and development of children with special needs is a high-stakes endeavor for all involved, requiring ongoing and multiple complex conversations in working toward the goal of the best possible future for each individual child. If we can all use our experience and perspective to make these conversations feel better and more productive for both professionals and families, then together we can do something very important for our students."
What brought you to Cotting School?
A friend told me about a job opening.
What is your favorite pastime?
Gardening.
Favorite Cotting thing or something that happens at Cotting?
Fall Family BBQ.
What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?
Haiti.
What is your favorite Cotting memory?
Every graduation.
What is your proudest non-Cotting achievement?
Being a mother to my children.