Mclean Hospital
Schools at McLean

Arlington School


Suzanne Loughlin, APRN, BCSuzanne Loughlin, APRN, BC, Director

Ms. Loughlin has been a board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse for over 25 years. For more than 35 years she has worked with the students at McLean Hospital’s Arlington School, first as a clinical nurse specialist, then as clinical director, and now as director of the school. Her clinical interests include the healing power of education and community in the lives of adolescents with mental health issues.

Mary Grant, MEdMary Grant, MEd, Educational Administrator

Ms. Grant has 30 years of experience working in educational programs in various parts of the United States, and is familiar with a wide range of approaches to teaching students of all ages. She is interested in finding creative approaches to engage each and every student to make progress and achieve his or her potential.

Ethan Solomon, MEdEthan Solomon, MEd, Educational Administrator

Mr. Solomon has worked at various schools at McLean Hospital for over 10 years. Now as an educational administrator at the Arlington School, he serves as a school liaison with families, school districts, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He is interested in and dedicated to the school’s team approach of education and working collaboratively with teachers, clinicians, and students.


The Arlington School’s faculty and staff are experienced educational and clinical professionals committed to bringing outstanding learning opportunities to students. In addition, our faculty and staff have the training and expertise to ensure that students thrive in a supportive environment that can address their social and emotional challenges.

Our faculty members hold professional licensure in their respective fields. They are all Massachusetts certified with graduate degrees in their individual areas of knowledge. Some faculty members hold additional certification in Moderate Special Needs, Grades 7-12.

The clinical staff includes licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSWs), a clinical psychologist, and interns from these fields. These staff members function as clinical case managers for the students and address the social and emotional goals in their IEPs. Other staff positions include a transition specialist, school nurse, milieu managers, and school counselors.

Board of Advisors

  • Deborah Gantz, Librarian and Special Needs Teacher, Arlington School
  • Joseph Gold, MD, Chief Medical Officer, McLean Hospital
  • Mary Grant, MEd, Educational Administrator
  • Michael Macht-Greenberg, PhD, MPH, Director of Clinical Operations, Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Cynthia S. Kaplan, PhD, Director, Trauma Training and Consultation, Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Suzanne Loughlin, APRN, BC, Director, Arlington School
  • Kenneth McElheny, Former Dean, Arlington School
  • Sarah Minden, Parent of former Arlington School student, Psychiatrist
  • Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, Director, College Mental Health Program
  • Ethan Solomon, MEd, Educational Administrator