Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)

Our StaffEllen Braaten, PhD-- Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program;
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Licensed Psychologist

Publications and TV appearances by Dr. Braaten

Michael Capawana -- Post Doctoral Fellow

Drew Coman, PhD -- Staff Psychologist

Nathan Cook -- Post Doctoral Fellow

Kimberly Dooley -- Post Doctoral Fellow

Gina Forchelli -- Post Doctoral Fellow

Nancy Lundy, EdD

Darlene Maggio -- Practice Manager

Anna Marie Paolicelli  -- Psychometrician/Front Desk

Amanda Ward -- Post Doctoral Fellow

Sarah Weidman -- Psychometrician/Front Desk

Brian Willoughby, PhD-- Staff Psychologist
Publications by Dr. Willoughby

Kent Wilson, PhD-- Staff Psychologist
Publications by Dr. Wilson

 

 


BraatenEllen B. Braaten, Ph.D.
Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)

Massachusetts General Hospital
Track Director, Child Psychology Training Program
MGH/Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor of Psychology Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, 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.

She is the past recipient of several teaching and mentorship awards from the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Clinical Psychology Internship Program. Dr. Braaten has maintained broad research interests in the field of learning and attentional disorders. She is also frequently asked to write articles for parenting and consumer publications and maintains an active speaking schedule.


ComanDrew C. Coman, Ph.D
Instructor in Psychology
Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)
Massachusetts General Hospital
and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Drew C. Coman is currently an Instructor in Psychology in the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) within the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Massachusetts. At the University of Miami (UM), Dr. Coman received his undergraduate degree with Departmental Honors in Psychology and completed his graduate studies in Child Clinical Psychology. Dr. Coman concluded his training with a pre-doctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Coman has trained and worked within an array of outpatient clinical settings serving multicultural families while implementing evidenced-based interventions and conducting psychological/educational as well as neuropsychological evaluations. In addition, Dr. Coman previously completed community- and school-based advocacy work and provided consultation services for families with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while at the UM Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD). He currently specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with various learning, socio-emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Coman has specific clinical interests in providing evaluations for individuals presenting with concerns for an ASD, and more specifically, providing diagnostic clarification in the context of individuals presenting with symptoms associated with ASD and other comorbid learning or psychiatric conditions.

Furthermore, Dr. Coman has conducted research that has examined the impact of particular school factors (e.g., teacher commitment and burnout) on both the implementation of classroom-based treatments and outcomes of students with an ASD. He has also assisted with studies that have evaluated the efficacy of some of the most widely used classroom-based treatments (e.g., TEACCH and LEAP) for children on the spectrum, and helped develop some of the first fidelity measures that can be utilized in evaluating school districts’ autism-specific early childhood programs. Additionally, Dr. Coman’s work has assisted in elucidating factors contributing to the phenotypic variability in the social-emotional development in high functioning adolescents with autism (i.e., the “Modifier Model” of autism). As of more recent, Dr. Coman and colleagues are interested in further understanding the nature of family factors within the autism community, namely caregiver mental health, in overall efforts to develop a theoretically-grounded, transdiagnostic, multi-modal, group treatment for families receiving a first-time ASD diagnosis. His work has been published in some of the nation’s top psychology journals, such as the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. Dr. Coman has also presented his work at conferences nationally and internationally. Lastly, Drs. Coman and Braaten have recently contributed a Reading Guide and Note to Parents to a children’s book published by the American Psychological Association: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism


willoughby

Brian Willoughby, Ph.D
Instructor in Psychology
Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)
Massachusetts General Hospital
and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Brian Willoughby is currently an Instructor in Psychology in the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) within the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and completed his graduate work in the Child and Family Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Miami. Dr. Willoughby received a four year fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which funded his graduate training and research. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and fellowship in child clinical psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Willoughby specializes in neuropsychological assessments of children and adolescents with learning, emotional, and behavioral concerns. He has particular interests in the evaluation of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s Disorder, Autistic Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. Prior to his arrival at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Willoughby spent two years as part of a specialized assessment program at the University of Miami evaluating children, adolescents, and adults suspected of having ASD.

Additionally, Dr. Willoughby is interested in family psychology. He is currently conducting a longitudinal study of families struggling with their child’s learning and emotional concerns. He is particularly interested in the ways that parents react to and cope with their child’s psychiatric diagnosis following a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation. Further, Dr. Willoughby is interested in the ways family strengths (e.g., cohesion, warmth, adaptability) may serve to protect against the development and maintenance of psychiatric and learning problems in children and adolescents. Dr. Willoughby’s work in the areas of child clinical and family psychology has been published in some of the nation’s top psychology journals, such as Psychological Bulletin and Parenting: Science and Practice, as well as the New York Times.


Wilson

H. Kent Wilson, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)

Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kent Wilson is currently an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) within the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated with highest honors at Emory University and spent two years working professionally for the American Psychological Association before completing his doctoral training at the University of Virginia Curry Program in Clinical and School Psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology at the Children’s Hospital – Boston, which included a rotation in neuropsychological assessment, and he was a post-doctoral fellow at the LEAP program where he received further specialized training in neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Wilson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Dr. Wilson has experience with neuropsychological and psychological assessment in multiple settings including pediatric clinics, outpatient clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and public schools. During his doctoral training he completed practica in the public schools where he served as a school psychology intern counseling children and adolescents, consulting with teachers, completing classroom observations and psychological/educational assessment, and leading IEP meetings. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with learning, emotional, and behavioral concerns and in school consultation and observation.

Dr. Wilson is particularly interested in the evaluation of children and adolescents with learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. His research, professional, and clinical interests involve helping to bridge the gap between understanding children and adolescents’ needs through assessment and successfully implementing needed interventions in the schools through training, research, and policy work. He has previously been involved with policy as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Accreditation and of the Virginia Psychological Association’s Board. He has interests in training psychologists to successfully collaborate with school systems and in research that furthers knowledge and effectiveness of neuropsychological assessment as an intervention. Dr. Wilson’s work has previously been published in journals such as The Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and The Elementary School Journal. He has presented at meetings for the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Psychological Association.

 


LundyNancy Lundy, Ed.D.
Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Interests: Neuropsychological assessment of pediatric patients with medical conditions including epilepsy, stroke, leukodystrophies and head injury and with neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disabilities.

 

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