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Think:Kids teaches Collaborative Problem Solving, a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with behavioral challenges

Think:Kids aims to dramatically improve society’s understanding and treatment of challenging kids. Think:Kids achieves these goals by disseminating and implementing an innovative, proven approach described in the book, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach. The CPS model conceptualizes challenging behavior as the result of difficulty with crucial thinking skills; thus, unlike traditional models of discipline, the model eschews power, control, and motivational procedures and focuses instead on identifying and teaching challenging kids the skills they lack.


At Think:Kids we have a unique view of challenging kids: we don’t think they are attention-seeking, manipulative or unmotivated. Rather we understand that they lack crucial skills for solving problems, handling frustration and being flexible. And we understand that these skills can be taught. Our approach represents a novel, contemporary, practical, compassionate, and (as documented by published research) highly effective approach for understanding and helping these children and their caretakers. Think:Kids staff currently train thousands of parents, educators, and mental health professionals throughout the world each year in applying this model. See our site at

Our Staff
J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.
Martina B. Albright, Ph.D.
Larry Epstein, Ph.D.
David A. Whelan, Psy.D.
Alisha R. Pollastri, Ph.D.
Beth Edelstein, B.S., OT/L
Tai Katzenstein, Ph.D.
Marjorie Berkowitz, Psy.D
Kimberly Molino, MBA
Kristen Halliday, MBA



Dr. Stuart Ablon

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D. is Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is also Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at MGH and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Ablon is co-author of the acclaimed book Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on challenging kids and the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. Dr. Ablon's research has been funded by, amongst others, the National Institute of Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

Dr. Ablon consults extensively to general and special education schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, and lecturesthroughout the worldto thousands of people each year on understanding and helping challenging kids.

Dr. Martina Albright

Martina B. Albright, Ph.D. is Chair of the Advisory Council of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH. She is also Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and Clinical Instructor in Psychology the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Albright was one of the first clinicians to be trained in the approach that Think:Kids promotes. She brings more than a decade of experience helping oppositional, explosive and inflexible children ages 4 to 16 and their families using the approach. Dr. Albright has particular interest and expertise in the use of the approach with preschoolers and in early education settings. She has overseen implementation of the model in multiple elementary schools. In addition, Dr. Albright is a frequent lecturer for local schools and organizations.

Dr. Albright received her MA and Ph.D. from New York University and completed her Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Beth Edelstein, B.S., OT/L

Beth Edelstein, B.S., OT/L is Director of Outreach for Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH. Beth received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has worked both as an OT and an early childhood educator. Throughout her career, Beth has also been extensively involved in providing support and education to parents and teachers of challenging kids. Before joining the Collaborative Problem Solving Institute, Beth was the Founder and President of the Foundation for Children with Behavioral Challenges (FCBC), a non-profit organization that grew out of a local support group she established in 1998. Beth founded FCBC to promote awareness of more effective and compassionate approaches for understanding and helping children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Kimberly Molino, MBA

Kimberly Molino, MBA is the Director of Development for Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH. Kim received her MBA from Suffolk University and her BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Vermont. She has been actively involved in nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. Her current involvement includesthe Greater Boston Food Bank and Room to Grow. Kim directs all development initiatives for Think:Kids.






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