175. Processing Speed and Psychiatric Disorders w/ Dr. Ellen Braaten

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“Kids tell us what they’re capable of doing through what they don’t want to do.”

Dr. Ellen Braaten is back to talk through some of her recent work on processing speed and psychopathology. Along with her colleagues, Ellen recently published an article looking at the role of processing speed in a variety of common psychiatric concerns, and the results were fascinating! Though we spent a lot of our time talking about the article, this was a very wide-ranging conversation that actually touched on a number of different topics. Here are just a few:

  • Sluggish cognitive tempo vs. inattention
  • The impact of COVID-19 on learning
  • ADHD and the perception of time, and recommendations to help gauge time more effectively

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About Dr. Ellen Braaten

Dr. Ellen Braaten is associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at MGH, and an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS).  She is a psychologist, teacher and researcher whose career has focused on the better understanding and treatment of children with learning and attention issues, particularly ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and autism spectrum.

As a mother of two young adult children, as well as a psychologist, Dr. Braaten is keenly interested in parenting issues, particularly those relating to normal development, education, and parenting children with behavior and learning differences.  She has written a number of books for parents including Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, How to Find Mental Health Care for Your Child, and most recently Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, a book for parents that addresses slow processing speed in children.

Dr. Braaten is active in clinical work with children and in the training of psychologists and psychiatrists to diagnose and treat ADHD and learning disabilities.  She is a frequent speaker on topics relating to education, child development, learning disabilities, autism, processing speed, and intelligence.  She has a special interest, in both her writing and research, in helping students with learning and emotional challenges succeed in the fast-paced world in which we live.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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  1. I am listening to podcast 175 – processing speed and psychiatric disorders with Dr. Braaten. How can I get credits for listening?
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