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 35 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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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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Ellen Braaten,

Co-Director

Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. is co-director of 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 Chair in Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment.

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Steven Schlozman,

Co-Director

Steven Schlozman, M.D. is co-director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and course director of the psychopathology class for the MIT-HMS Program in Health, Sciences and Technology. Dr. Schlozman practices child and adult psychiatry at MGH, where he is the primary consultant to the pediatric transplant service.

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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 media coverage.

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Matthew Carron,

Research Assistant

Matthew Carron is the research assistant for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and also serves as the Youth Program Coordinator for the Mass General Revere Youth Zone. Matthew graduated from Clark University in 2018 with a B.A. in psychology. Matthew is passionate about promoting mental health and intends to pursue a career in clinical psychology using what he’s learned from his time at the Clay Center.

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Elisa Hamilton,

Visiting Artist for Civic Media

Elisa H. Hamilton is a socially engaged multimedia artist who creates inclusive artworks that emphasize shared spaces and the hopeful examination of our everyday places, objects, and experiences. A Boston-area native, she graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Painting in 2007. Since then, her work has been shown locally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions.

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