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Ellen Braaten, PhD

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School


  • Licensed child psychologist specializing in neuropsychology

  • Founding director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Author of Bright Kids Who Couldnt Care Less 

  • Co-author of Bright Kids Who Cant Keep Up

Ellen Braaten is a child psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she’s the founding director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP). She’s also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on ADHD, dyslexia, processing speed, and resilience in children. Her clinical work is in the field of neuropsychology, where she assesses children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and developmental challenges.

She has written many books and articles for parents and professionals. She’s the co-author of the best-selling book, Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up (2014), and the author of Bright Kids Who Couldn't Care Less (2023).

She has an MA from the University of Colorado and a PhD from Colorado State University. She’s a mother of two and lives in Boston.


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