Mclean Hospital
Blaise Aguirre, MD

Blaise Aguirre, MD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a trainer in, and specializes in, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as other treatments such as mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and associated conditions. He is the founding medical director of 3East continuum of care, an array of programs for teens which use DBT to target self-endangering behaviors as well as the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He lectures regularly throughout the world.

Dr. Aguirre is the author or co-author of many books including Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder, Coping with BPD, and Fighting Back.

Listen to Dr. Aguirre talk about teens and suicide on McLean’s podcast Mindful Things.


Borderline Personality DisorderDBTChild & AdolescentSelf-Harm


PubMed search for Dr. Aguirre


Kaplan C, Aguirre B, Rater M. Helping your troubled teen: learn to recognize, understand, and address the destructive behavior of today’s teens and preteens. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2007.

Aguirre B. Borderline personality disorder in adolescents: a complete guide to understanding and coping when your adolescent has BPD. Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2007.

Aguirre B. Biographies of disease: depression. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008.

Sastry A, Aguirre B. Parenting your child with autism: practical solutions, strategies, and advice for helping your family. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2012.

Aguirre B, Galen G. Mindfulness for borderline personality disorder: relieve your suffering using the core skill of dialectical behavior therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2013.

Aguirre B, Galen G. Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT skills to soothe the symptoms of borderline personality disorder. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2015.

Harrison K, Kaplan CS, Aguirre B. Fighting back: what an Olympic champion’s story can teach us about recognizing and preventing child sexual abuse—and helping kids recover. New York: Guildford Press, 2018.

Education & Training:

  • 1989 MD, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1991-1994 Residency in Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 1994-1996 Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Fellowship, Boston Medical Center
Board Certifications:
  • 1993 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1996 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology




Office Address:

Belmont campus - East House, Room 311

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