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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 Couldn't Care Less 

  • Co-author of Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up

Ellen Braaten, PhD, is a child psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital where she is the founding director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP). She is also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten's 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.

Dr. Braaten has written many books and articles for parents and professionals. She is 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). 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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