Ellen Braaten, PhD, Author at MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Articles by Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD, is executive director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at  Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and former co-director for the MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds.  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.

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders

February 24, 2021

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders.  The most effective treatment for bulimia is […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression

January 6, 2021

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders.  Jimmy was a 9-year-old boy who was […]

Q+A: My 9-year-old grandson often feels that his younger brother gets more attention than he does. How can I help him feel that he’s getting the same amount of time and attention?

December 4, 2020

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Q+A: My 9-year-old grandson often feels that his younger brother gets more attention than he does. How can I help him feel that he’s getting the same amount of time and attention?

For answers to more caregiver questions about responding to kids’ big emotions in a healthy way, tune in to our “Ask Ellen” Q+A with Dr. Ellen Braaten. My 9-year-old grandson often feels that his younger brother gets more attention than he does. How can I help him feel that he’s getting the same amount of time […]

Ask Ellen: How to Respond to Your Child’s Big Emotions

November 24, 2020

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Ask Ellen: How to Respond to Your Child’s Big Emotions

During challenging times, it’s normal for families to feel overwhelmed and anxious. But kids don’t always have the necessary skills to cope with those emotions, and this can sometimes lead to tantrums and meltdowns. What can parents do in these situations?  In our latest Ask Ellen Q&A, child psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten took questions directly from parents, […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

November 18, 2020

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Hillary was a 10th-grade student who constantly […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for PTSD

November 4, 2020

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for PTSD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) treatment for Post-Traumatic […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Phobias 

October 21, 2020

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Phobias 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Steve was a 9-year-old boy who was […]

Talking About ADHD

October 14, 2020

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Talking About ADHD

It’s normal to become distracted or disorganized from time to time. But some kids have more trouble paying attention and staying on track than their peers. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Ellen Braaten describe the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and explain how parents can help kids […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for ADHD

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for ADHD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Matt was a 10-year-old boy who, according […]

Q+A: My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills?

September 17, 2020

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Q+A: My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills?

For answers to more caregiver questions about executive function skills and kids, tune in to our “Ask Ellen” Q+A with Dr. Ellen Braaten. My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills? Younger children aren’t really ready to have strong executive function skills, which include the ability to […]