Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten

Ellen Braaten, PhD

Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Founder and Executive Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the past Co-Director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, She is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Dr. Braaten received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and her PhD in Psychology at Colorado State University. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at MGH/HMS and has been affiliated with MGH/HMS since 1998. She holds the title of Visiting Professor at Charles University Second College of Medicine in Charles, Czech Republic. She is also the inaugural recipient of the Kessler Family Chair in Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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, dyslexia, and attentional disorders. She has also published dozens of papers, chapters, and reviews on ADHD, learning disabilities, intelligence, and neuropsychological and psychological assessment of children.

Dr. Braaten 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 written The Child Clinician’s Report Writing Handbook, which has been called “the most comprehensive child assessment handbook available.” She also published Finding the Right Mental Health Care for Your Child in 2009 and the best-selling book, Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up. Her newest book, Bright Kids Who Couldn’t Care Less was published in 2023.

Dr. Ellen Braaten is the past recipient of several teaching and mentorship awards from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has a strong interest in educating the public on topics related to child mental health and is frequently asked to write articles for parenting and consumer publications. She also maintains an active speaking schedule and contributes regularly to local and national TV, radio, and print news outlets such as NBC and the New York Times.

Financial Disclosures: Ellen Braaten, PhD, maintains a private practice and is an employee of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She receives a speaking honorarium from Leading Edge Seminars Inc and book royalties from Guilford Publications.