Dr Richard Selznick sits down with Dr. Ellen Braaten to discuss psychological testing in this no nonsense, no jargon interview parents can understand.

Dr. Ellen Braaten is the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Mass. General Hospital and the Track Director of the Child Psychology Training Program at MGH/Harvard Medical School. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and her PhD in Psychology at Colorado State University and completed her internship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been affiliated with Mass. General Hospital 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.” Her most recent book for parents is entitled Finding the Right Mental Health Care for Your Child, published by the American Psychological Association.


Also listen to a two part series with Dr Braaten discussing Processing Speed – Bright Kids Who Cant Keep Up

“The authors offer extensive, readable information for parents regarding the many tests for various disorders of childhood. The presentation is in format that makes the information easily accessible….Contains a wealth of information that is accurate and practical. It can be recommended to parents, or used as a textbook. One of the strengths of this book is its acknowledgment of the place that speech and language pathologists have in the treatment of many of the disorders presented. In this regard, the book can be an adjunct text for graduate students in speech and language pathology, educational psychology, or pastoral counseling. In each case, the professional will have very practical information for working with parents and children.”

—Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health

“Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, by Harvard psychologists Ellen Braaten, PhD, and Gretchen Felopulos, PhD, would have saved me many sleepless nights. It covers just about everything parents need to know about testing….The book takes a user-friendly ‘who, what, when, how’ approach, with many case studies. Odds are, you’ll find your own questions answered, as I did.”

—Terry Matlen, MSW, mother of a child with special needs

“Psychological testing is an invaluable resource in helping to determine what may be problematic with your child. This book is an extraordinary reference for parents and professionals in truly understanding when to use, and how to interpret, the various psychological tests available. Drs. Braaten and Felopulos provide an exceptional service by distilling complex information into a very readable and pragmatic guide.”

—Timothy E. Wilens, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

“At last! A superb book for the lay person about psychological testing. It is highly informative, extremely interesting, and it is really fun to read. Braaten and Felopulos have written a totally engrossing book on a topic that is usually deadly dull. Their secret is to give testing a human face and describe how it points the way to solutions for many kinds of human suffering. They write with clarity, but also with heart. They are clear, without oversimplifying. They cover a huge amount of ground, but allow the reader to enjoy the ride. This is the best book of its kind that I have ever seen.”

—Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness and coauthor of Driven to Distraction

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