Dr. Miri Bar-Halpern is the Director of Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services at the Boston Child Study Center and is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. In addition to her work at BCSC, she is a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital where she received the Partners Excellence Award. She also provides consultation and professional workshops in the United States and Israel about evidence-based treatment and trauma to psychiatric hospitals, mental health organizations, and schools.
Dr. Bar-Halpern earned her bachelor’s degree at Tel Aviv University and her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford with highest honors, including the Regent Honor Award. During her graduate studies, Dr. Bar-Halpern trained extensively in implementing evidence-based interventions to treat children, adolescents, and families.
Dr. Bar-Halpern has expertise in acute residential and outpatient treatment settings for severe psychiatric conditions, including diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and suicidal behaviors. Dr. Bar-Halpern is trained in dialectical behavior therapy for suicidal adolescents and cognitive behavioral therapy (including exposure and response prevention) for anxiety and OCD as well as DBT-PTSD and DBT-PE for individuals who suffer from both trauma and suicidal behaviors.
Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Bar-Halpern highly values multicultural treatment and offers culturally-sensitive interventions in both English and Hebrew. She has specialized interest in trauma-informed care; she has developed treatment manuals, therapy groups, and training seminars and has been invited to present at numerous conferences on this topic. Dr. Bar-Halpern has published several chapters and articles about trauma and emotion regulation and is the author of Becoming a Superhero: The Development of a Book For Children Who Have Been Exposed to Terrorist Attacks.