Improving care. Changing lives.

A century of proven leadership.

Learn how Judge Baker is improving the quality of children’s mental health.

Explore our Programs & Services

Quality Care Initiative

Helping to ensure that children and families have access to the highest quality care

Manville School

A therapeutic day school for students from kindergarten through 10th grade

Child Therapy

Providing focused short-term treatments for children and their families

Camp Baker (formerly Summer Enrichment Institute)

A six-week day camp for children ages 6-12 with ADHD

Next Step: College Success

Fostering skills of independent living for students in grades 10-12 with social communication deficits

Professional Training

Training that helps improve the quality of services for children and their families

Founded in 1917, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a Harvard Medical School affiliate with proven leadership in children’s mental health. Committed to bridging the current gap between research and practice, Judge Baker integrates research, professional training and direct service.

News & Announcements

Judge Baker Welcomes Jayesh Bhansali and David Schwartz to the Board of Trustees

July 17, 2019

BOSTON, MA (July 17, 2019) - Judge Baker Children’s Center (Judge Baker), a national leader in children’s mental health, today announced that it recently elected Jayesh D. Bhansali, Chief Investment Officer for IRIQIV, an investment advisory firm and David A. Schwartz, a practicing attorney in Cambridge, to its Board of Trustees.

The Evidence-Based Policy Institute at Judge Baker Children’s Center Offers Expert Testimony to State Legislature

June 28, 2019

BOSTON, MA (June 28, 2019) - The Evidence-based Policy Institute at Judge Baker Children’s Center was invited to offer expert testimony at two separate legislative hearings this week. At the first, held Monday, June 24th, Nancy Gajee, PhD, Judge Baker’s Director of Outpatient Clinical Services, addressed the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. In her comments, Dr. Gajee discussed the importance of evidence-based practices in promoting the best possible outcomes for children and families.

Does Therapy Work?

May 7, 2019

Nancy K. Gajee, Ph.D. & Matthew J. Pecoraro, MSW

From May 5th to May 11th we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. This annual event invites us to reflect on the ways we can help children grow, learn, and thrive - especially the one-in-five children that the CDC reports struggle with diagnosable mental health concerns.** Here we address some common questions we’ve heard parents, teachers, and even youth ask about ways therapy can help when children struggle with emotional and behavioral issues.

Upcoming Events

Child Mental Health Forum - Matthew Nock, PhD

October 2, 2019

Why do People Hurt Themselves? Using New Technologies to Better Understand, Predict, and Prevent Suicidal Behavior

Matthew Nock, PhD
Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology,
Harvard University

Social Pragmatics Groups

October 16, 2019

Social Pragmatics Groups are coming to the Center for Effective Child Therapy (CECT) this October!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Our groups are intended for elementary school-age and middle school-age children who may have trouble reading social cues, navigating difficult social situations, or who might benefit from additional coaching and support with peer interactions.

WHEN?
The 12-week course is targeted to start on October 16, 2019. The group will run every Wednesday at 4:00.

Hopes & Dreams Gala 2019

October 19, 2019

Please join Event Chairs Julie and Joe Bradley and Daniele and John Serafini on Saturday, October 19th for Judge Baker Children’s Center’s biennial Hopes and Dreams Gala. We look forward to honoring Richard D. Glovsky and celebrating Judge Baker Children’s Center’s commitment to children’s mental health care with a fabulous night of fun and entertainment, and a menu curated by Honorary Chef Gordon Hamersley.

Child At Risk Hotline

Judge Baker Children's Center directs the Child At-Risk Hotline, a statewide after-hours emergency response system.  Each year, Judge Baker's highly trained staff responds to more than 170,000 requests for crisis intervention, information, or referrals.

NE Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors

Judge Baker Children's Center is home base for the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors (NEACWCD), a consortium of child welfare agency leaders and staff members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Research at Judge Baker

Judge Baker Children's Center has nearly a century of proven leadership in advancing understanding about children with mental health and behavioral problems. Judge Baker’s innovative research is aimed at developing and improving strategies to help children find—and stay on—the best course...