Our Team | MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Our Team

Gene Beresin,

Executive Director

Gene Beresin, M.D. is executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a full professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and senior educator in child and adolescent psychiatry at MGH. As a clinician and educator with 40 years of experience in working with youth, Dr. Beresin has focused on prevention, early intervention and treatment of teens and young adults. He has been a keynote speaker at local and international conferences, and is often called upon by media to weigh in on issues relevant to this vulnerable population and the unique impact of societal issues.

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Khadijah Booth Watkins,

Associate Director

We are so pleased to welcome to the Clay Center our new Associate Director, Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins!

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Deirdre Phillips,

Managing Director

Deedee Phillips is managing director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She provides leadership, strategic direction, overall planning and oversight, and financial management for the Center. Her commitment to mental health education for youth builds on her prior role as Executive Director of The Autism Consortium, a unique clinical and research collaboration based at Harvard Medical School. The Consortium brought together many of Boston’s premier research and healthcare institutions to catalyze progress in understanding autism, improve diagnosis and clinical care, facilitate funding/investment in Boston autism research, build community and deliver needed resources to families. The Consortium contributed to establishing Boston as a nationally respected center for autism research and care.

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Sara Rattigan,

Communications Director

Sara Rattigan is the communications director for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a public health communicator whose passion is fueled in finding creative approaches to promote health and well-being among young people. She oversees the execution of all production and marketing efforts related to the Center’s original multi-media content, social media outreach, speaking engagements, and public relations.

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Joshua Eng

Joshua Eng,

Communications Coordinator

Joshua Eng is the communications coordinator for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He supports and assists in the execution of all communications and media relations, including the website blog and social media content. Joshua graduated from Northeastern University in 2019 with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Religious Studies. He previously interned at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is committed to creating an equitable society by promoting the mental and emotional health of all youth.

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Ellen Braaten,


Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. is a contributor to The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at MGH, and an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.  She is a psychologist, teacher, and researcher whose career has focused on improving understanding and treatment of children with learning and attention issues, particularly ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism spectrum, and processing speed.  Ellen is frequently called on by main stream and popular media to elucidate on the complexities of learning differences and challenges among young people. She holds the Kessler Family Endowed MGH Chair in Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment.

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