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About Ellen Braaten
Ellen Braaten, PhD, is an experienced and prominent psychologist, researcher, speaker, and author. At Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where Dr. Braaten has been affiliated since 1998, she is the Executive Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) and the Kessler Family Chair in Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment. She also holds an appointment of Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. In the past, Dr. Braaten served as an Associate Director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds and the track director of the Child Psychology Training Program at MGH/Harvard Medical School (HMS).
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 received funding to conduct longitudinal research on child outpatient samples, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews on psychological and neuropsychological assessment, intelligence, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, gender, psychotherapy, and motherhood. Dr. Braaten also has edited two reference books for clinicians.
An accomplished and dynamic speaker, Dr. Braaten has traveled internationally, making engaging and informative presentations at conferences, meetings, and parenting groups. She is a frequent media contributor, including NBC News, WCVB Boston, CBS Boston, and The New York Times.
Dr. Braaten is a prolific writer and the co-author of the best-selling book, Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up (2014), the first book of its kind to focus on information processing speed weaknesses in children. More recently (2019), she published the second edition of The Child Clinician's Report Writing Handbook, which has been called "the most comprehensive child assessment handbook available." She is the author of How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child (2010) and the co-author of Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids (2003).
Dr. Braaten received her MA from the University of Colorado and her PhD from Colorado State University. She is a mother of two and resides in Boston, MA.
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It is estimated that up to a quarter of American children will experience a psychiatric disorder at some point in their development. Concerned parents whose children struggle with issues such as depression, anxiety, learning disorders, and attention problems face tough questions including:
- Does my child need medication?
- How do I get an appropriate diagnosis?
- What do I need to know to find the most competent professional and how can I ensure that my child gets the best possible treatment?
Learning the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, and social worker or understanding clinical terms such as cognitive–behavioral therapy and mood dysregulation can be overwhelming. Therefore, finding the right resources is critical to addressing a child's mental health needs and moving forward toward effective care.
In How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child, seasoned child psychologist and author Ellen B. Braaten offers clear and expert guidance to help anxious parents navigate the complexities of mental health care.
Divided into three thorough and well-organized parts, the book first provides an overview of the issues involved in diagnosing and treating children. It then gives detailed information on the most common childhood disorders and addresses key symptoms, possible causes, and treatment options. In the final chapters, Dr. Braaten discusses the primary treatment approaches in more depth, such as their typical course, what disorders they are used to treat, and how to determine their effectiveness.
Parents seeking the best mental health care for their child will learn what other parents did in real situations when confronted with similar problems and will be reassured, supported, and empowered throughout their journey.
New to This Edition
*Revised throughout for DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM.
*Includes the most current test batteries and rating scales.
*Updated resources for professionals and parents.
*Reproducible materials now available online.