Clinical Research

The Child CBT program provides state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with a range of emotional and behavioral problems.

Our Staff:

Our staff is dedicated to helping patients as well as finding new ways to improve treatments.

Aude Henin, Ph.D.
Aude Henin is co-Director of the MGH Child CBT program. Dr. Henin is also Director of the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at the MGH, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Henin specializes in CBT for youth with severe mood and anxiety disorders, and has particular interest and expertise in working with adolescents transitioning to adulthood. Her research interests include the development of integrative CBT interventions for transition-age youth with severe psychiatric disorders, and the identification of risk factors for the development of mood and anxiety disorders in youth.

Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, Ph.D.
Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, Ph.D. is co-Director of the MGH Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and Director of High Risk Studies and Anxiety Research in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Program at the MGH. She specializes in CBT with children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety and mood disorders, and has particular expertise in treating anxiety in preschool and early elementary school children. Dr. Hirshfeld-Becker’s research interests focus on identifying early temperamental, behavioral, and familial risk factors for childhood disorders, and on using this information to develop preventative interventions.

Dikla Eckshtain, PhD
Dikla Eckshtain is a clinical psychologist in the Child CBT program at MGH and an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Eckshtain specializes in CBT and parent training for children with mood, anxiety, trauma, and conduct problems, and has particular expertise in treating child depression. Her research interests include identification of strategies to increase parental involvement in the treatment of child depression, development of adaptive treatments for child depression, and dissemination of evidence based treatments for child depression.

Kamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D.
Kamryn Eddy is a Staff Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in CBT for children and adolescents and her particular areas of interest and expertise are in eating disorders, feeding disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Melanie S. Farkas, Ph.D.
Melanie S. Farkas is an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Psychology at the MGH. Dr. Farkas specializes in CBT for children, adolescents, young adults and their families, addressing clinical concerns including mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. Her research interests include motivation and self-regulation of children and adolescents, focusing on both clinical and family- and community-based interventions.

Deborah Friedman, Ph.D.
Deborah Friedman is a Clinical Assistant in Psychology at MGH and an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Friedman has particular expertise in the treatment of anxiety disorders as well as in behavioral medicine, providing brief problem-focused therapy to improve adherence to medical regimens, teach pill swallowing, decrease anxiety around needles or other medical procedures, and enhance coping skills to manage stress in the context of medical problems or chronic illness. Dr. Friedman has received funding from NIH to study family processes that impact quality of life for young children with asthma.

James McKowen, Ph.D.
James McKowen is a staff psychologist within the Child CBT program and is an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McKowen has expertise in working with families of youth with addictive disorders, CBT approaches to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and DBT for the treatment of substance use. His research interests include neuropsychological factors associated with relapse and recovery from substance use disorders and factors associated with the development of comorbid disorders.

Jamie Micco, Ph.D.
Dr. Micco is the Director of the Intensive CBT Program for youth with anxiety disorders within the Child CBT Program at MGH. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Micco specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety and mood disorders. Her research interests are in the development and remediation of cognitive biases associated with depression and anxiety.

Michael Schonberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Schonberg is an Assistant in Psychology at the MGH and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He has experience working with youth who display a wide variety of behavioral and emotional concerns (e.g.,aggression, oppositionality, anxiety, depression). He also has expertise in treating youth suffering from chronic health problems and in using CBT to help parents to manage their children’s behavioral and emotional concerns. He has a particular interest in working with adolescents in the midst of interpersonal struggles or relationship problems.

Angela Utschig, Ph.D.
Dr. Utschig is a clinical psychologist in the Child CBT program and a Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in CBT for adolescents and young adults with anxiety and mood disorders. In particular, she has an interest in treating individuals with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Utschig’s research interests include the investigation of novel treatments for anxiety disorders and the identification of mechanisms underlying the efficacy of established interventions for anxiety disorders. Additionally, her current research focuses on the relationship between anxiety and health-related behaviors such as exercise, and eating behaviors, as well as the relationship between anxiety and physical illnesses.

 

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