Articles by Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.

Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. is associate director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is co-author of the book Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, which was released in August 2014.

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10 Go-To Parenting Books For National Reading Month

March 20, 2017

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March is National Reading Month and a good time to reflect on the books that have made an impact on my work as a child psychologist.  I’ve compiled a list of my “go to” books that I frequently recommend to parents on some of the more common problems I’ve observed in kids.

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Mom of teen who committed suicide now works to help others (WCVB-TV Boston)

March 17, 2017

Dr Ellen Braaten provides insight on a really difficult topic in this compelling news story that follows a mom, Emily, who lost her daughter to suicide, and has had to grapple with many questions, and few answers.

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Coping With Slow Processing Speed At Home And At School

March 11, 2017


This blog is the second in a two-part series from Dr. Braaten entitled Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up. You can check out the first blog in the series here.

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Intro To Processing Speed

March 9, 2017


This blog is the first in a two-part series from Dr. Braaten entitled Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a follow-up post, “Coping With Slow Processing Speed At Home And At School.”


Some kids are naturally fast.

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8 Young Adult Books That Will Change The Way You Think About Mental Health

February 17, 2017

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The list below represents only a small sliver of the multitude of books that might help you and your teen talk about mental health issues—from the minor (anxiety about going off to college) to the major (depression and suicide).

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Sibling Rivalry Vs. Sibling Bullying

February 9, 2017


Sibling rivalry is a topic that is as old as time itself, and it’s probably not an overstatement to say that if a family has more than one child, sibling rivalry has likely been an issue at one time or another.

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Who Is Qualified To Conduct My Child’s Evaluation?

October 13, 2016


The number of professionals available to conduct evaluations of children can be quite overwhelming. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, educational consultants, counselors, and neuropsychologists are only a partial list of the professionals who can be helpful when you’re seeking more information about your child’s development.

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What Are The Different Types Of Evaluations?

September 22, 2016


Arielle’s mother, Adele, was confused. She had taken Arielle, an active first grader who was struggling to learn how to read, to her pediatrician for guidance. Arielle’s teacher was complaining that Arielle seemed impulsive and hyperactive, and of course Adele was worried about Arielle’s struggles with reading.

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Helping Kids Through New School Year Transitions

September 13, 2016


Starting a new school year is often filled with anxiety for both parents and kids. Kids who are starting a new school, either because they are moving from middle school to high school, or are moving to a new neighborhood, have the biggest adjustment, but even those who are just moving to a new grade have adjustments to make.

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When Kids Leave Home: Part 1

September 8, 2016

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This is the first blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the second blog post, click here. 

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Well, it’s officially September.

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