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A Life of Empathy and Experience

As a 10-year-old living in war-torn Liberia, Sophia Maurasse, MD, saw her whole world turn upside down in the span of one day. “I had the experience of spending 8 or 9 hours in my house in a crossfire, and our house was riddled with bullets,” she said. “Then, soldiers came and said, ‘you can get out now.’ They were watching out for us.” Upon leaving her home with her family, Maurasse found...

How One Clinician Helps People Find Their Path

Teaching, mentoring, and helping others comes naturally to Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD. As director of clinical training for McLean Hospital’s Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program, she supervises and supports post-doctoral fellows and clinical trainees, helping them gain the experience and skills they will need on the job. In some cases, she guides them toward areas of study and...

McLean Celebrates Women’s History Month

1,631 of McLean’s 2,369 employees are women. McLean is proud of the contributions women make each day to ensure that the hospital delivers compassionate psychiatric care, innovative research, and unparalleled public and professional education throughout the United States and beyond. These women are just a small sample of our female staff members and the work they do every day. Join us in...

Development or Diagnosis?

Dr. Gil G. Noam discusses a recent study that found that younger children were more likely than their older peers in the same class to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

What You Need to Know About Alcohol and the Developing Teenage Brain

Studies at McLean Hospital and elsewhere have shown that alcohol affects the brains of adolescents in profound and dangerous ways. During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to alcohol than the adult brain. Moreover, research indicates that the earlier a person starts drinking, the more likely that person will develop serious problems with...

Pathways Academy: Meeting the Needs of Students With Autism

“Every child deserves and must have the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential…” Started in 2000, McLean Hospital’s Pathways Academy is a year-round school designed and dedicated to meeting the psychological, social, and academic needs of students aged 6 to 22 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are two educators for every four students at Pathways, and each classroom has a...

3East: Adolescent DBT Programs

The 3East programs provide specialized care for teens and young adults who require treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and emerging borderline personality disorder (BPD).

2018 Pathways Academy Achievement Ceremony: Celebrating Resilience

On Tuesday, June 13, 2018, beaming students, families, and McLean staff came together in Pierce Hall for Pathways Academy’s annual achievement ceremony. Pathways Academy was established 20 years ago to meet the psychological, social, and academic needs of children and adolescents ages 6 through 22 with autism spectrum and related disorders. During the ceremony, 28 students received certificates...

Foundations Support Study on the Benefit of Yoga for Adolescent Depression

Yoga has become ubiquitous. In fact, it is difficult to find a community that doesn’t offer classes ranging from “flow” and “hot” yoga to those with nearly unpronounceable names. Tracing roots back more than 5,000 years, yoga is an array of techniques or practices aimed at integrating mind, body, and spirit to promote mindfulness, personal exploration, and a compassionate relationship between...

Arlington School Graduation 2018: More Accomplishments Ahead

On June 8, 2018, faculty, staff, friends, families, and eleven departing high school seniors filled the McLean Hospital Chapel for the 53rd commencement of the Arlington School. “This is a day that I personally look forward to each year, and I am honored to be standing here looking out at all of you, knowing all the effort, courage, and care that has gone into getting to this day,” said Suzanne...

Paying Dividends for Students and Staff

The increase in anxiety in today’s students takes a toll not only on the youngsters, but also on the education professionals who work to help them through their days. A collaboration between the Falmouth, Massachusetts, public school system and the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program is paying dividends for students and staff alike. Laura Finton, LICSW, is an adjustment counselor at the 833-student...

Partnership Helps Public Schools Support Student Mental Health

Growing up has never been easy. Multiply the normal angst of the teenage years by the deluge of smartphones, texts, tweets, Instagram photos, and Snapchat snaps. Then add the realities of post-9/11 societal stress, poverty, homelessness, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, and you have a new reality. That’s what was facing the Falmouth Public Schools in Massachusetts, when in 2016, school...

A New Kind of Learning: McLean Teaches Schools in Joint Effort to Help Youth

They are teens, preteens, and even elementary school students who avoid school and rack up absences. They grapple with severe depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, and sometimes it gets so bad they need to be hospitalized. “I’ve been doing this a long time, and the number of kids who are struggling with mental health issues and the severity of those issues has increased dramatically over...

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