Dr. Bassen received a B.A. in English from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Brown. She finished a fellowship in child psychiatry at Brown as well, working at Bradley Hospital. She has worked in a community mental health center, as an inpatient attending psychiatrist at Butler Hospital, and at multiple residential facilities for troubled children and adolescents. She also consults to a local public school department.