Dr. Alison Sagon is the Director of the ACT Program at Boston Child Study Center where she specializes in evidence-based treatments including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). She is experienced in treating emotion dysregulation and a range of anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders among children, adolescents, young adults, parents, and families.
Dr. Sagon received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor before completing her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine where she specialized in the treatment of OCD, selective mutism, and anxiety-related disorders as well as brief behavioral interventions for disruptive behavior disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In addition, she received training in trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT) aimed at addressing trauma in children, adolescents, and family systems. Prior to internship, she completed externships and clinical training at the McLean Hospital Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) for children and adolescents, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University, Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA),New England Center for OCD and Anxiety, and Boston Child Study Center. She also conducted research on emotion regulation within the department of developmental medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Sagon prioritizes an approach that is collaborative and rooted in an appreciation for individual and cultural differences. Her interventions aim to reduce distress through increased awareness and enhanced connection to values and meaning.