Patricia Diaferio, LICSW
Clinical Consultant

Patricia Diaferio

Patricia Diaferio, LICSW, specializes in addiction, PTSD/trauma, and co-occurring disorders.

Patricia Diaferio, LICSW, graduated from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work while working as a social worker at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. She worked in the Emergency Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital prior to moving her career to McLean Hospital in June of 1996.

Ms. Diaferio initially worked in Child and Adolescent Services before becoming a clinical team manager in the Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction at McLean Hospital. She has been the associate program director of LEADER men’s residential program since June of 2013 and is now the program director. She also works with LEADER patients in the outpatient clinic as well as being a liaison to various police and fire departments’ employee assistance programs for first responders. Ms. Diaferio has extensive experience working with co-occurring disorders.


  • Addiction
  • PTSD / Trauma

Education & Training


  • 1982 BA in Sociology and Human Services, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • 1989 MSW in Clinical Social Work, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Board Certifications:

  • 1992 Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Board of Registration of Social Workers, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Our Team

Our treatment approach which combines firsthand knowledge with genuine empathy is rooted in a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by veterans and their families. This specialized insight ensures our care is both effective and deeply attuned to the experiences of the veteran community.