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The Laboratory for the Study of Childhood Behavior Disorders is affiliated with Think:Kids in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. Under the direction of Stuart Ablon, PhD, Think:Kids teaches Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children who struggle with behavioral challenges.
Children with behavior disorders are often referred to as oppositional, challenging, explosive, difficult, defiant or aggressive. They often display externalizing behaviors such as temper tantrums, defiance, deceit, destruction of property and verbal or physical aggression.
These children may carry a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder (CD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or intermittent explosive disorder. They could also display defiant behaviors as part of a larger set of symptoms that have been identified as a mood, anxiety or development disorder.
These behaviors have significant costs. They have a negative impact on the parent-child relationship, and cause additional stress for parents and teachers. There are also significant financial costs associated with treating children with disruptive behaviors in juvenile detention centers, specialized school programs, residential facilities, inpatient psychiatric units and outpatient community agencies.
Our laboratory takes a broad approach to studying the causes of challenging behaviors during childhood, and explores how, why, and for whom different treatment approaches for disruptive behavior disorders are effective, with a focus on studying the CPS approach.
The research arm of Think:Kids is focused on exploring how, why and for whom different treatment approaches for disruptive behavior disorder are effective, with a focus on the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach.
Ongoing and planned research projects in our laboratory include the following:
The Laboratory for the Study of Childhood Behavior Disorders offers up to two unpaid research internships for current graduate students. The ideal intern will be a graduate student in clinical, counseling, or school psychology or a related field, with interest and experience in psychological research.
Interns will receive direct mentorship on methodological design, data management, statistical analysis, and use of statistical software in the context of providing research support in the laboratory. Though primarily a research position, interns will also have the opportunity to attend introductory and advanced clinical training seminars on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach, as well as attend other clinical seminars in the Department of Psychiatry.
Interns will be encouraged to develop their own research interest within data available in the laboratory, and will be permitted to use data available at Think:Kids for their own university research projects, including master’s and doctoral theses, under the guidance of Alisha Pollastri, PhD, and the intern’s primary graduate mentor.
Internships are for 10-16 hours per week, with a minimum commitment of one year. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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