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Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) staff focus on the best ways to serve the children and adolescents who come to the program, using media appearances and publications to provide information to parents and patients alike.

News and Publications from LEAP staff

 

 

LEAP staff publications & media appearances

 


Dr. Ellen Braaten, PhD

Author:

  • Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids
  • How To Find Mental Health Care for you Child
  • The Child’s Clinician Report Writing Handbook

Contributing Panel Member – Fox 25 TV News Boston

Teen dating problems. MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten shares her thoughts on teens and dating.

High cost of youth travel teams. MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten joins experts weighing in on the cost of youth travel teams.

Seventh graders and sexting. A new study showed almost a quarter of 7th graders had sexted recently. MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten offers suggestions on how to talk to your children about it.

Choosing the right toys. MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten with advice for choosing developmentally appropriate toys.

Some parents of college students are getting heavily involved in the lives and academic activities of the students. MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten talks about the difficult adjustments of "snowplow parents".

Discussion of some controversial changes in updated guidelines for mental disorders. MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten talks about some of the changes in the new manual, DSM-5.

Anxiety symptoms in #children following tragedies: MGH psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten discusses what to do.

How should you talk to your child about tragedy, following the Boston Marathon bombing? MGH Psychologiest Dr. Ellen Braaten offers advice about keeping the discussion age-appropriate.

Why are adolescents not getting #mental health care they need? MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten discusses new report.

9-year-old making rap videos? MGH Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten weighs in on controversy about what's appropriate in TV interview.

Lies that parents tell kids: Good idea or bad? MGH's Dr. Ellen Braaten talks about it.

How to deal with children and violent video games
MGH psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten discusses questions about children and violent video games.

Talking to Kids about Tragedy
MGH psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten offers suggestions of how to discuss tragic events such as the Connecticut school shooting with children of various ages.

How do you keep your children from being spoiled, turn them into givers?
MGH psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten has an important holiday season suggestion for parents on how to keep your children from being spoiled and making them into givers.

Back to school week: Separation anxiety
21 Aug. 2012
It can be emotional for moms and dads and kids of all ages. Separation anxiety applies whether you've got a kindergartner or a college freshman. Harvard psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten has some advice on how to deal with it.

Assuring Your Children They are Safe
24 July 2012
After the tragedy in Colorado, you might find your kids a little reluctant to head to the cinema. A big challenge as a parent is figuring out how to talk to your kids when things like this happen. Mass. General psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten offers her insight.

Family Works: Kids & cell phone use
10 July 2012
Parents have enough issues to deal with when it comes to their kids, but one of the newest headaches comes thanks to the high tech world in which we live -- kids as young as 5 years old are starting to get cell phones, but is that age appropriate? Mass. General psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten weighs in.

Family works: Halloween for young kids
25 Oct 2011
How can parents make sure their toddler and young children have fun not fear? Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten spoke about how to keep Halloween fun for young ones.

Family Works: Learning Disabilities
19 Sep 2011
Parents may be noticing issues with their children for the first time. Perhaps they are struggling with homework or suddenly don’t want to go to school. These and other warning signs could indicate a learning disability. Harvard psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten discusses these issues.

Family Works: End of school transition
23 May 2011
The end of the school year can be stressful and emotional for both students and their parents, but thinking ahead and considering what your child might be experiencing can make the end of school transition a little easier. Psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten explains what we mean. ...

Family Works: Tips for picky eaters
31 Mar 2011
Recommendations for Ending or Dealing with Picky Eaters: Don't stress about it

Family Works: Kids & media time
03 Feb 2011
Boston psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten has suggestions to help parents deal with this issue. Some steps include setting a good example by limiting your own computer time.

Holiday tips for parents
10 Dec 2010
Dr. Ellen Braaten stopped by FOX25 to share some holiday tips for parents. ...

Family works: Mental health & children
04 Nov 2010
Nearly 25 percent of American children will struggle with a mental health disorder. Harvard clinician and author, Dr. Ellen Braaten, along with the American Psychological Association, has just released the first and only book to help parents take…

Publications

Braaten EB, O’Donnell E. (2010) Neuropsychology and pediatrics, in A Practical Guide to Neuropsychological Testing for Patients, Practitioners, and Other Professionals edited by E Arzubi & E Mambrino. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Grush, L., Braaten, E.B., & Willoughby, B.L.B. (2010). Neuropsychology and Child Psychiatry. To be printed in E. Azurbi (Ed.), A Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment for Practitioners and Professionals. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Presentations

Poster Presentations
Nowinski, L.A., Willoughby, B.L.B., Wilson, H.K., O'Donnell, E.H., Glover, R.L. Colvin Putnam, M., & Braaten, E.B. (2009)
. Exploring the Impact of Parental Psychiatric and Personality Factors on Parental Reactions to Their Child’s Psychiatric Diagnosis. Poster presented to the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. Toronto, ON.

Willoughby, B.L.B., Nowinski, L.A., Putnam, M.C., Glover, R.L., O’Donnell, E.H., Wilson, H.K., & Braaten, E.B. (2009). Parental reactions to their child’s psychiatric diagnosis: A family-stress framework. Poster presented to the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.


Dr. Nathan Doty, PhD

Publications
Contributing author:
Parent’s guide to emotional first aid: Helping children and adolescents cope with predictable life crises. Editors: G.P. Koocher & A. La Greca.

Doty, N.D. & Kazak, A.E. (2011). Challenges and coping in non-traditional families. In G.P. Koocher & A. La Greca (Eds.), Parent’s guide to emotional first aid: Helping children and adolescents cope with predictable life crises. New York: Oxford University Press.

Doty, N.D. (2010, August). Child and Adolescent Neuropsychological Evaluation: A Family Stress Approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. San Diego, CA.

Presentations

Presenter and Symposium Chair:
Family-based Approaches to Neuropsychological Assessment of Children & Adolescents. Presented at the 2010 annual conference of the American Psychological Association. San Diego, CA.


Dr. Ellen O’Donnell, PhD

Publications
Braaten EB, O’Donnell E.
(2010) Neuropsychology and pediatrics, in A Practical Guide to Neuropsychological Testing for Patients, Practitioners, and Other Professionals edited by E Arzubi & E Mambrino. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Putnam MC, Braaten EB, O’Donnell E, Gorman MP, & Chitnis T. (2009). Cognitive and psychological functioning in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Seattle, WA.

Presentations
504 & IEP plans: Recognizing the Need and Advocating for School Supports for Pediatric Patients with Chronic or Complicated Medical Illness. Talk presented by Ellen H. O’Donnell, Ph.D. at the 3rd Annual Office Management of Common Pediatric Issues: Improve Care and Reduce Risk Fall 2011.


Dr. Molly Colvin Putnam, PhD

Publications
Putnam, M.C., Wig, G.S., Grafton, S.T., Kelley, W.M., & Gazzaniga, M.S. (2008). Structural organization of the corpus callosum predicts the extent and impact of cortical activity in the nondominant hemisphere. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(11), 2912-2918.

Funk, C., Putnam, M.C., & Gazzaniga, M.S. (2009). Consciousness. In G.G. Berntson and J.T. Cacioppo (Eds.) Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences.

Putnam, M.C.*, Steven, M.S.*, Doron, K.W., Riggall, A., & Gazzaniga, M.S. (2010). Cortical projection topography of the human splenium: Hemispheric asymmetry and individual differences. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(8), 1662-1669.

* Authors contributed equally Putnam, M.C. & Blais, M. (2010). Neuropsychology and Adult Psychiatry. In E. Arzubi and E. Mambrino (Eds). A Guide to Neuropsychological Testing for Health Care Professionals.


Dr. H. Kent Wilson, PhD

Achievements

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University (BA)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Principal Investigator on current study with the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine "The Effect of Relaxation Response Curriculum on High School Students and Teachers

Presentations
2010 - Advocating for Your Child in the IEP Process - MGH Psychiatry Academy Symposium 2009 - Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Asperger’s Disorder: Clinical Similarities and Differences, presented at Society for Research in Child Development – Denver, Colorado

Publications
Wilson, H.K., Cox, D.J., Merkel, R.L., & Thorndike, F. (2006). Effect of extended release stimulant-based medications on neuropsychological functioning among adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21 (8), 797-807. Wilson, H.K., Pianta, R.C., & Stuhlman, M.W. (2007).

Typical classroom experiences in first grade: The role of classroom climate and functional risk in the development of social competencies
. The Elementary School Journal, 108 (2), 81-96. Mikami, A. Y., Cox, D. J., Davis, M. T., Wilson, H. K., Merkel, R. L., & Burket, R. (2009).

Sex differences in effectiveness of extended-release stimulant medication among adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 16, 233-242.

Poster Presentations
Wilson, H.K.
, Pianta, R.C., & Stuhlman, M.W. (2007). The role of classroom climate in the development of social competencies in the first grade. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Nowinski, L.A., Willoughby, B.L.B., Wilson, H.K., O'Donnell, E.H., Glover, R.L. Colvin-Putnam, M., & Braaten, E.B. (2009). Exploring the Impact of Parental Psychiatric and Personality Factors on Parental Reactions to Their Child’s Psychiatric Diagnosis. Poster presented to the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. Toronto, ON.

Willoughby, B.L.B., Nowinski, L.A., Putnam, M.C., Glover, R.L., O’Donnell, E.H., Wilson, H.K., & Braaten, E.B. (2009). Parental reactions to their child’s psychiatric diagnosis: A family-stress framework. Poster presented to the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.<>/p


Dr. Brian Willoughby, PhD

Publications
Grush, L., Braaten, E.B., & Willoughby, B.L.B. (2010). Neuropsychology and Child Psychiatry To be printed in E. Azurbi (Ed.), A Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment for Practitioners and Professionals. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company

Presentations
Willoughby, B.L.B. (2010 August). Assessing family relationships in pediatric neuropsychological evaluation: Innovative measurement strategies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Willoughby, B.L.B. (2009). Advancement in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders and nonverbal learning disabilities/. Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Willoughby, B.L.B. (2009). Assessment of autism spectrum disorders. Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services (LADDERS), Lexington, MA.

Willoughby, B.L.B. (2009). Evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.

Willoughby, B.L.B. (2008). Adolescent peer crowds. University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA. Willoughby, B.L.B. (2008). Peer crowd relationships and health behaviors/em>. Suffolk University, Boston, MA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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