Ryan Madigan 2019-05-15T19:16:55-04:00

Dr. Ryan J. Madigan

Ryan Madigan


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 and provide community education and training. In addition to his work at BCSC, he is an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and 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).

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. Dr. Madigan received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy 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, 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.

Dr. Madigan provides direct patient care, supervision, and training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders, including individual therapy, family therapy, and parent and adolescent skills groups in CBT and DBT at BCSC and McLean Hospital. He directs BCSC’s comprehensive DBT services, delivering individual DBT, family-based DBT and parent coaching, and DBT skills groups for youth and parents. He developed and co-directs BCSC’s Intensive Outpatient Program for Complex Care which initially specialized in school refusal and complex somatic disorders. He and Dr. Lambright have since expanded BCSC’s IOP services to provide intensive evidence-based CBT, DBT, and PCIT programming to youth and young adults with complex diagnostic presentations in need of more intensive support than traditional outpatient while allowing them to remain living at home in their community.

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 abilities critical to adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation. He is working to develop and evaluate Values-Based Exposure Therapy, a transdiagnostic approach to integrating cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies to address co-occurring anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and eating related disorders. He is working in collaboration McLean Hospital to evaluate biological moderators and mediators of PTSD treatment in adults. Dr. Madigan is also studying the feasibility and efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) for adolescents with PTSD and co-occurring life-threatening behaviors.

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, 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. Dr. Madigan is also Director at Crinean Consulting, LLC where he provides consultation to businesses and corporations in organizational psychology and efficiency enhancement.

For more information regarding Dr. Madigan or his availability, please call (857) 400-9211 or email at info@BostonChildStudyCenter.com.