Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, is an experienced and prominent psychologist, researcher and author. She is an Associate Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the track director of the Child Psychology Training Program at MGH/Harvard Medical School (HMS).  She is also an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.   Dr. Braaten is a member of both the American Psychological Association and American Psychological Society and has published research on topics relating to ADHD, anxiety in children and learning disabilities.

Dr. Braaten received her M.A. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, and her Ph.D. in psychology from Colorado State University.  She completed her internship training at MGH, with which she has been affiliated 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.” Most recently, she is the co-author of Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, a book for parents that addresses processing speed deficits in children, which was published in August 2014 by Guilford Press.

In Braaten’s practice, she realized that it is rare that parents incorrectly identify that their child is in need of help, but frequently they do not know where to seek help and what steps to take.   That is why Braaten, together with the American Psychological Association, worked to fill this need with the 2010 release of the book, How to Find Mental Health Care forMy Child.   This book is an easy-to-read guide for parents and helps them take charge of their child’s care and gives them the tools and knowledge to find the best possible treatment.

Dr. Braaten has published over a dozen articles in professional and medical journals on topics such as, ADHD, ADD, gender and psychology, motherhood, depression and psychotherapy. She is an accomplished speaker, traveling across America making engaging and informative presentations at conferences, meetings and parenting groups.   She is a mother of two and resides in Boston, MA.