Dr. Ashley Vigil-Otero graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Vigil-Otero completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship at Vanderbilt University, where she trained at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Vanderbilt University Counseling Center. Following internship, Dr. Vigil-Otero completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance. While holding an appointment as a clinical fellow at Harvard, she specialized in children and adolescents, as well as crisis intervention with individuals of all ages. She has also held an appointment as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida, where she has taught in the clinical psychology doctoral program.

Dr. Vigil-Otero’s research has focused on mood disorders as well as cultural sensitivity within the field of psychology. She has presented her research at national conferences such as the American Psychological Association Conference and  internationally at the Interamerican Congress of Psychology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Vigil-Otero has also been involved in HIV research and held a research assistantship for a CDC-funded study investigating HIV prevention among minority communities. Dr. Vigil-Otero enjoys teaching and is active in community and professional speaking engagements. She recently presented at a Grand Rounds for Cambridge Hospital on the intersection of trauma and culture.   

Dr. Vigil-Otero has experience conducting pyschoeducational evaluations and personality assessments; she also has provided group, individual and family therapy at various hospitals and outpatient clinics. Throughout her career, Dr. Vigil-Otero has worked with  a variety of individuals ranging from children to geriatric populations. She utilizes an integrative and collaborative therapeutic approach.  She has been trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, as well as Psychodynamic, Family Systems and Client-Centered Therapy. 


  • Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance 

          Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge, MA 

          Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

  • Vanderbilt University

         Vanderbilt Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Nashville, TN 

         Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

         APA Accredited Program           

  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

          Psy.D., Clinical Psychology

          M.S., Clinical Psychology

          APA Accredited Program 

  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

          B.A., Cum Laude, Psychology Major

Presentations and Publications

Ma, M, Kibler, J, Vigil-Otero, A et al. (2013, Jan). Correlates of Willingness to Participate in Microbicide Research Among African Americans. Journal of Health Psychology, Vol 18, no 1 65-74.

Vigil, A.A., (2009, April). Poverty Through a Child's Lens: The Intersection of Culture, Immigration and Trauma. Grand Rounds presentation at Cambrdige Hospital with discussants Judith Herman, MD and Jana Smith, LICSW. Cambridge, MA.

Ma, M., Vigil, A.A., Kibler, J.L., Marker, C. & Washington, S. (2009, April). Correlates of willingness to participate in HIV vaccine trials among African Americans: Examining regional differences in the U.S. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37 (Suppl), S60. 

Vigil, A. A., Tellez, G. L., Rosen, J.P., Dorfman, W. I., Marker, C. & Padilla, A.F.  (2007, August). Development of a Severity Rating Scale for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Vigil, A. A., & Tellez, G. L. (2006, May). Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder. Speech presented at the 2006 Miami Children’s Hospital Mental Health Fair: Mental Health Challenges for Today’s Youth, Miami, Fl.  

Vigil, A. A.  (2006, July).  Bipolar Disorder Across Lifespan and Culture: A Review of Psychosocial Interventions.  Poster presented at the Florida Psychological Association Conference, Sarasota, Florida

Vigil, A. A., Tellez, G. L., Rosen, J.P., Padilla, A. F. & Dorfman, W. I. (2006, August). Group Treatment of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder: A Replication.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Behbahani, S. M., Vigil, A. A. & Lewis, J. E. (2005, June). From New York to Miami: Does the TEMAS travel? Poster presented at the 30th Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Richardson, N. C., Vigil, A. A., Smalley, K. B., Mancini, G. M., Kuemmel, A., Lewis, J.E. (2005, June). Disaster and Diversity: The Cultural Sensitivity of Florida Relief Efforts. Poster presented at the 30th Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


FL Psychology License PY7979 

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Florida Psychological Association (FPA)
  • Division 53 of APA, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Division 42 of APA, Psychologists in Independent Practice

Honors and Awards  

Nova Southeastern University

Gold Circle Scholarship Recipient

Humanitarian of the Year Scholarship

Geertz Endowed Scholarship

Tulane University

Mortar Board Honor Society, a national honor society recognizing distinguished achievement  in scholarship, leadership and service

Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society