Articles by Sara Rattigan, Communications Director

Sara Rattigan, M.S. is the communications director for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a public health communicator whose passion has always centered around innovative approaches to health education and health promotion for youth of all ages. Before joining The Clay Center, Sara served as a health communications specialist at the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH), working with epidemiologists and industrial hygienists to use data findings to inform injury prevention intervention.

At MDPH, Sara had the honor of project managing and creatively contributing to Getting Hurt Is Not In Your Job Description, a Massachusetts statewide social marketing campaign to raise awareness among young workers about injury prevention and their rights and responsibilities on the job. After MDPH, she went on to provide oversight, at Harvard University, for a range of high-level Title IX projects specific to sexual and gender-based harassment education, prevention, and response, including project managing the adaptation of an undergraduate online training module for multiple graduate schools across the University.

Sara received her M.S. in health communication from Tufts University School of Medicine, and her B.A. in theatre arts from Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center, with minors in communications and media studies, and creative writing.

 To learn more about Sara, or to contact her directly, please see Our Team.

Surviving Tantrums With Toddlers – Shrinking It Down

February 15, 2019

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Surviving Tantrums With Toddlers – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps.  Almost every parent has been there. Whether your child is age two or twenty-two, we’re all familiar with the “T” word. Out-of-control meltdowns on the way to school, embarrassing moments in the supermarket. Tantrums can feel like a nightmare. But understanding what’s […]

Sex and the Teenage Brain – Shrinking It Down

February 7, 2019

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Sex and the Teenage Brain – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps.  Sex. Is there anything else in the teenage brain? It’s a wonder they make it through school once puberty hits! We’ll be honest, we didn’t know what direction this conversation would take (yikes), but it turned out a great example of how […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, featuring Susan Sprich, PhD – Shrinking It Down

January 23, 2019

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, featuring Susan Sprich, PhD – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps.  Did you know that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most evidence-based psychosocial treatments we have for mental health issues? Today, its use goes beyond treatment for anxiety disorders and depression to application for a wide range of challenges including psychosis, body […]

New Year’s Evolution – Shrinking It Down

January 9, 2019

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New Year’s Evolution – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps.  What’s the difference between a “resolution” and an “evolution”? In the context of New Year’s, even though they begin with the best intentions, resolutions often come with a lot of pressure to follow through. But an evolution allows you to grow and […]

Young Healthy Minds: Shining Light on Mental Health Through Education

December 19, 2018

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Young Healthy Minds: Shining Light on Mental Health Through Education

Here at The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, we know that there just aren’t enough child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers — anyone who helps to take care of kids — to go around. Yet there is an incredible need for resources to help support the mental, behavioral, and emotional well-being of our future generation. […]

Shrinking It Down: Home for the Holidays

December 18, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Home for the Holidays

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps.  Here we are, in the peak of the holiday season. Do you feel joyful? Do you feel down? Are you simply overwhelmed? Whatever it is you’re feeling, it’s okay, and we guarantee you’re not alone. The holidays mean different things for […]

Coping With the Wintertime Blahs – Shrinking It Down

December 6, 2018

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Coping With the Wintertime Blahs – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, and most podcast apps. It’s cold. It’s gray. It’s dark. This time of year, a lot of folks feel pretty blah. And not just those with depression or other mental health disorders. It can affect anyone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing. But […]

HOME: Bringing Voice to Youth Who Have Experienced Homelessness

November 22, 2018

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HOME: Bringing Voice to Youth Who Have Experienced Homelessness

Ask your children or the young people in your life: “What is a home?” “What do you want to be when you grow up?” How do their answers compare to the children in this video? No matter their background, no matter where they live, all children have hopes and dreams. We can all play a […]

Helping Kids with Challenging Behavior, featuring Stuart Ablon, PhD – Shrinking It Down

November 21, 2018

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Helping Kids with Challenging Behavior, featuring Stuart Ablon, PhD – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and most podcast apps. Rewards. Punishments. Incentives. What parent hasn’t used one or all of these when trying to navigate challenging behavior in their kids? These might be great strategies when the root of the problem is a lack of motivation. But in reality, that’s not often […]

Gaming Disorder – Shrinking It Down

November 8, 2018

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Gaming Disorder – Shrinking It Down

You can also subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and most podcast apps. “I couldn’t get off the computer ‘cause I was about to kill that final thing in ‘Call of Duty’ and if I didn’t kill it I’d have to fight it all over again and it just isn’t worth my time!” Who doesn’t […]