Dr. Ryan J. Madigan

Dr. Ryan J. Madigan

Founder & Co-Director

Dr. Madigan founded the Boston Child Study Center (BCSC) in 2013 with the mission to improve the lives of youth and families through expanding access to evidence-based treatment, community education and training, and improving treatment outcomes through research. In collaboration with Janna Hobbs and Michael Hollander, BCSC expanded to Portland, Maine in Spring of 2021 to continue the mission to improve the lives of youth and families throughout the state of Maine.

Dr. Madigan previously served as an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and as a Clinical Psychologist at the McLean Hospital 3East DBT Program, where he co-founded the 3East DBT Trauma & Exposure Program for adolescents struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and co-occurring suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). He founded the Boston Child Study Center – Los Angeles (BCSC-LA) in 2018 with the continued mission to expand access to evidence-based treatment, training, and research on the west coast. He founded Emotion Minds in 2018, an education and training institute devoted to developing and disseminating an emotion regulation curriculum for school and online learning platforms for youth and families. He serves as a Clinical Advisor to Mirah, an electronic measurement-based care platform for evidence-based behavioral health providers.

Dr. Madigan earned his master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. During his graduate school training, Dr. Madigan received intensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Douglass Developmental Disability Center at Rutgers University. He extended his behavioral training at the NYU Child Study Center, where he was intensively trained in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) for disruptive behavior disorders, PCIT for selective mutism and neuropsychological testing with non-verbal individuals, developed the neuropsychological testing probe for selective mutism, and developed the Teacher-Child Interaction Training (TCIT) manual. Dr. Madigan received intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for suicidal adolescents and neuropsychological assessment for individuals with emotional/mood disorders at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Dr. Madigan completed his clinical fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston, where he was intensively trained in behavioral medicine, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), assessment and treatment of complex somatic, conversion and factitious disorders, and pediatric neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessment. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). As a Research Fellow at CARD, he provided supervision to clinical psychology doctoral students and participated in clinical trials examining the feasibility of internet-delivered evidence-based treatments for childhood mental health disorders. In addition, he served on the Treatment Adaptations Task Force on the Advisory Board of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International.

As Co-Director of BCSC Maine, Dr. Madigan provies expert supervision and training to BCSC Maine’s clinical team with a specialization in DBT, Trauma, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy.

Dr. Madigan’s research and programing initiatives include the development of assessment and treatment protocols combining neuropsychological testing and functional cognitive-behavioral analyses to identify specific skill and performance deficits critical to adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation. Dr. Madigan is interested in examining the role of traumatic invalidation in the etiology of trauma and emotional disorders as well as evaluating Dialectical Exposure Therapy, a transdiagnostic treatment for emotional disorders. Dr. Madigan is also interested in evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of DBT + Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) and DBT – PTSD for adolescents struggling with life threatening behaviors and co-occurring PTSD and complex-PTSD, respectively.

In addition to his work at BCSC, he provides consultation for written and televised media segments regarding issues in the fields of psychology and mental health. He provides professional workshops and trainings on emotion regulation, anxiety, behavior-management, CBT, DBT, ACT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Teacher Child Interaction Therapy and mindfulness-based interventions. He provides consultation to schools, mental health agencies, and organizations in social and emotional curriculum development, with the goal of enhancing student and employee quality of life, efficiency, and performance.

For more information regarding Dr. Madigan or his availability, please call (617) 800-9605 or email at OMacDonald@BostonChildStudyCenter.com.