Communications Director

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.

Ask Ellen: How to Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

September 15, 2020

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Ask Ellen: How to Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

Executive function skills are essential for kids to thrive at school and at home. Planning, staying organized, and managing time are important for academic success and balancing the responsibilities of daily life. But what if your child is struggling with these skills?   In our latest Ask Ellen Live Q&A, our co-director Dr. Ellen Braaten took questions directly […]

Clay Center Newsletter

August 24, 2020

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Clay Center Newsletter

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to have our latest content and tips delivered to your inbox. Miss an issue? Find it below!  Clay Center Newsletter – 2020 Issues September 2020 – Back-to-School RESILIENCE August 2020 – Anti-Racism, Anger Management, and More July 2020 – Anxiety Monsters, Conversations on Racism, and More June 2020 – Challenging Behavior, Grandparents, […]

May – Meditation Challenge

May 2, 2020

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May – Meditation Challenge

Every day is time for supporting our mental health, but this year families everywhere are in need of extra hope, support, endurance, and moments of calm. This May, during Mental Health Awareness Month, we hope you’ll accept our meditation challenge. As parents, grandparents, teachers, community workers, and other caring adults, it’s important to take care […]

Bipolar Disorder and The Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story

April 7, 2020

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Bipolar Disorder and The Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story

Despite our growing awareness of mental health conditions, the relationship between creativity and mental illness is often misunderstood. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr. Mark Vonnegut discusses how art helped him to overcome his own mental health challenges, and why mental illness doesn’t have to be a barrier to achievement and creativity. Watch our […]

A Clay Center Top 10 – Blog Year in Review

January 16, 2020

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A Clay Center Top 10 – Blog Year in Review

Looking forward in 2020, we couldn’t help but look back at our most popular blog posts during 2019. Like everyone, we want to thrive in the year ahead. Learning what’s been of most interest and use to the parents and caregivers we serve helps us to decide on what new original content will best support […]

Admissions Scandal, College Pressure, and Mental Health

March 20, 2019

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Admissions Scandal, College Pressure, and Mental Health

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps – just search for “Shrinking It Down.” On today’s show, Dr. Ellen Braaten joins Gene and Steve to think deeper about our American culture that’s contributed to issues like the recent college admissions scandal, as well as less extreme (and less fraudulent) […]

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. […]

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 […]

HUBweek 2018: Raising Healthy Children

September 19, 2018

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HUBweek 2018: Raising Healthy Children

HUBweek is nearly here!   The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds is proud to host a series of free, interactive sessions focused on raising healthy children for a resilient future generation at Boston’s 4th annual HUBweek. Massachusetts General Hospital is a proud co-founder of this innovative festival in which art, science, and technology collide. This […]

Shrinking It Down: Our Greatest Strengths (Season 1, Episode 16)

June 14, 2018

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Shrinking It Down: Our Greatest Strengths (Season 1, Episode 16)

You can also listen to this podcast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.  *** Did you know that Dr. Ellen Braaten has a mild form of dyslexia and had to work really hard at reading when she was a child? Did you know that Dr. Gene Beresin has always struggled with math? We all have challenges. We all have […]