Vivian M. Rodríguez Archilla, Ph.D. | Licensed Clinical Psychologist | Charlottesville, VA

  • I am actively involved in clinical research with over 25 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, and have several ongoing clinical research projects with collaborators at VCU and MSKCC. 

About Dr. rodriguez Archilla


Education & Training

Licensed clinical psychologist

  • I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Virginia with over 10 years of clinical experience. 

  • I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a M.A. in General Psychology from Catholic University in Washington, DC.


  • I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA.  In addition to receiving excellent training in general adult psychotherapy, I sub-specialized in behavioral medicine.

    • Behavioral medicine, also known as clinical health psychology, is a sub-specialty of clinical psychology that is concerned with the integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical sciences, and how these fields contribute to the understanding of health and illness.

    • Behavioral medicine is guided by the belief that the relationship between our minds and bodies is bidirectional. Accordingly, I utilize techniques that are relevant to the prevention of disease and the promotion of mind+body health. 

  • As part of my training, I completed a one-year pre-doctoral clinical internship with a focus on Clinical Health Psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. 

    • During this internship, I received specialized training in:

      • psycho-social oncology - helping cancer patients and their families adjust to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

      • behavioral sleep medicine - treating sleep disorders such as insomnia, and improving sleep apnea outcomes.

      • geriatric and rehabilitation psychology - helping patients adjust to physical/cognitive rehabilitation.

      • women’s health - treating women-specific problems, including postpartum depression and dyspareunia, among others. 

  • With a special interest in working with cancer patients and their families, I completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Psycho-social Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, NY.

    • During my fellowship, I provided evidence-based psychotherapy and supportive counseling to cancer patients and their family members and conducted clinical research related to the prevention of cancer as well as patients' adjustment to cancer survivorship (with a particular focus on skin and breast cancers).