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Ellen B. Braaten, PhD

Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program

  • Phone: 617-724-9813
Department of Psychiatry


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Psychiatry
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
PhD, Colorado State University
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Mass. General Hospital and the Track Director of the Child Psychology Training Program at MGH/Harvard Medical School. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and her PhD in Psychology at Colorado State University and completed her internship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been affiliated with Mass. General Hospital since 1998.

Dr. Braaten is widely recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and attentional disorders. She has been the recipient of funding to conduct research studies on children with nonverbal learning disabilities and attentional disorders and has published numerous papers, chapters, and reviews on ADHD, learning disabilities, gender and psychopathology, intelligence, and neuropsychological and psychological assessment of children.

She is the co-author of Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, a book that has become a classic for parents and professionals. She has also written The Child Clinician's Report Writing Handbook, which has been called *the most comprehensive child assessment handbook available." Her most recent book for parents is entitled Finding the Right Mental Health Care for Your Child, published by the American Psychological Association.

In addition to being the director of LEAP, Dr. Braaten also is the director of child psychology internship training and is the primary assessment supervisor for child psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows. She routinely teaches and supervises child psychiatry fellows and is actively involved in the School Psychiatry Program at MGH.

Family Works: Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) in kids

Dr. Ellen Braaten offers advice to parents and children about Seasonal Affective Disorder

Sibling Rivalry Versus Sibling Bullying

A recent study published in Pediatrics found that kids and teens exposed to an aggressive rivalry with their siblings tend to report more depression, anxiety, and anger than other kids. MassGeneral for Children Psychologist Ellen Braaten, PhD, Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, explains the findings and shares tips to recognize and deal with the situation.

Helping Your Teen Through a Break Up

Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offers tips on how parents can help their teens through a break up.

Knowledge is power

After years of planning and thanks to the help of generous donors, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: Developing Resilience through Engagement, Awareness and Media (DREAM) is a reality.

LEAP Program
151 Merrimac Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-4714

Phone: 617-724-9813
Phone 2: 617-643-6010
Fax: 617-643-6060

LEAP Program
151 Merrimac Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-4714

Phone: 617-724-9813
Phone 2: 617-643-6010
Fax: 617-643-6060

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