Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. is the Chief Girl & Parent Expert at Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) where she develops and supports the implementation of national strategic initiatives to effectively serve girls and their families. In this capacity, she oversees content development for National Program offerings; serves as a liaison to the Girl Scout Research Institute contributing to both original research and program evaluation; and to the Girl Scout Public Policy and Advocacy Office in Washington, DC, working to support girls’ issues through national legislation.
A developmental psychologist, much of Dr. Bastiani Archibald’s research has focused on the transition from childhood to adolescence for girls. Additionally, she has created health programs for adolescent girls and boys in the New York metro area. Her research and programs have been published in numerous academic volumes and peer-reviewed journals in the fields of child and adolescent development, including The Journal of Research on Adolescence and the International Journal of Eating Disorders. She has also authored several national program pieces and training materials for Girl Scouts of the USA. Dr. Bastiani Archibald has extensive experience speaking on television, radio and in person, nationally and locally. She speaks as an authority on child and adolescent development, parenting, and girls’ and women’s issues.
Dr. Bastiani Archibald received her doctoral and postdoctoral training at the National Center for Children and Families, Columbia University where she lead The Girls’ Health and Development Project, a 4-Year longitudinal study of the transition to adolescence for girls. During this time, she was also recipient of Mellon Fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she engaged in research and program development for girls and women with eating disorders. Prior to joining GSUSA, Dr. Bastiani Archibald was the Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia College.
Dr. Bastiani Archibald lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two teenage sons. An active leader in her community, she has served on the board of directors for The Counseling Center Bronxville, as Vice President of the Chapel School Parent Teacher Organization, an executive board member of the Junior League of Pelham, and currently as Chairwoman of the board of directors for the Pelham Art Center.