Janna Hobbs, LICSW

Janna Hobbs


Janna Hobbs is Senior DBT Consultant and Parent Coach at the Boston Child Study Center where she provides direct care to families, supervision of clinical trainees in DBT, and expert consultation to the DBT program. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, she is trained in and has extensive experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and family work. Janna graduated from the University of New Hampshire and worked in higher education prior to getting her graduate degree from Simmons College in 1985. She worked at the Hall Mercer Center for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, doing individual and family work, inpatient and outpatient. She gained further experience on an inpatient unit that treated young adults with bi-polar and other major mental illnesses. She then worked in McLean’s residential programs, helping patients transition out of hospital settings. Janna moved into leadership roles, becoming Program Director of an adult residence and then Center Director of a combined residence and partial hospital program. She was first introduced to DBT and trauma work when she joined the staff of the Women’s Treatment Program at McLean. She left the hospital in 1997 to be the Director of Clinical Services at Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, a non-profit residential treatment center for adolescents and young women.

Janna returned to McLean Hospital in 2007 to co-found 3East, the first residential intensive DBT unit for suicidal and self-injuring adolescents. She acted as Program Director of the premier unit and Director of Clinical Services of the Continuum, and was part of the leadership team that developed, implemented and supervised a partial hospital program, several step down units, a residence in the community and outpatient DBT. Her clinical work in this setting was primarily with parents, including individual parent guidance, coaching, and running parent skills groups. She currently serves as Senior Consultant for the Continuum.

Janna values training and developing new clinicians. Throughout her career she has supervised interns, post-docs and mental health workers. Janna has also maintained a private practice with a focus on individual psychotherapy and parent guidance. Her broad experience working with different diagnoses, treatments, and directing different levels of care informs her assessments and treatment planning.