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Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?

Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once. The age of onset often occurs in early adolescence, between the ages of 11 and 14.

While self-harm is of serious concern...

Blaise Aguirre

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...

Benjamin Banister

Benjamin Banister, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the program director of the 3East Cambridge Residence, a community-based dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program for college-aged young women. While he...

Ralph Buonopane

Since 2000, Ralph J. Buonopane, PhD, has led the McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton. The program brings together a team of colleagues from the two hospitals to meet the needs of youth in severe psychiatric crisis. Long recognized...

Jessica Feinberg

Jessica Feinberg, LICSW, came to McLean after completing a clinical fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center. She has worked as a therapist and clinical social worker in the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program since 2002. Ms. Feinberg is trained in dialectical behavior therapy and...

Janna Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs has extensive clinical and administrative experience in the treatment of adolescents, adults and families. She is a founding member of 3East, the hospital’s highly innovative and successful dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs for adolescents and young adults. She has held...

Michael Hollander

Dr. Hollander is a nationally recognized expert on the causation and treatment of self-injury, and lectures throughout the US on the subject. He has been treating adolescents and their families for over 40 years and has held numerous positions of clinical leadership at McLean. Dr. Hollander is a co-...

Karen Jacob

Karen Jacob, PhD, is the director of clinical services at the Gunderson Residence. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Clark University and completed her post-doctoral training at Cambridge Health Alliance at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical training has been primarily in cognitive...