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Next Step Summer Program 2015

June 1, 2015

Next Step is designed to prepare high school students with Asperger’s Disorder (or other related conditions) for a successful transition to college.  The program assesses, develops and refines the critical social and pragmatic skills that these students need in order to master their college experience.  Students participate in all or just some of the offered sessions. Last year we piloted the program to 21 students/ families with very positive results. Here’s what parents of participants are saying: “With Next Step, I can actually imagine my child having a successful college experience...

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day ~ May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

Judge Baker Children’s Center joins more than 1,100 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Celebrations Across the Country   BOSTON, MA (May 7, 2015) – Today, Judge Baker Children’s Center (Judge Baker) joins more than 1,100 communities across the country in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to highlight the importance of positive mental health from birth. "Awareness Day is an opportunity for us to join with more than a thousand communities across the co...

Robert P. Franks, Ph.D., named President and CEO

June 13, 2014

Robert P. Franks, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist and national leader in children’s mental health, has been named president and CEO of Judge Baker Children’s Center (JBCC). Franks is currently director of the Center for Effective Practice and vice president of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI), in Farmington, Conn.  He is an assistant clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, Child Study Center and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. His appointment by the JBCC Board of Trustees is effect...

William R. Beardslee to receive prestigious Klerman Award

March 27, 2014

Dr. William R. Beardslee, a Trustee and Senior Research Advisor at Judge Baker Children's Center, will receive the 2013 Gerald L. Klerman Senior Investigator Award at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 2014 Scientific Advisory Board Reception in New York City on May 4, 2014. The Gerald L. Klerman Senior Investigator Award is given annually to a senior investigator with lifetime contributions to understanding the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive and bipolar illnesses. For more information about the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), pl...