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, community education and training, and research. 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). 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 the Emotion Regulation Institute (ERI) 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. He also serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, the official journal for the American Psychological Association (Division 53) Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

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.

Dr. Madigan provides direct patient care, supervision, and training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders, including individual therapy, family therapy, parent coaching and parent and adolescent skills groups in CBT, DBT and trauma. He directs BCSC’s comprehensive DBT program, delivering individual DBT, family-based DBT and parent coaching, and DBT skills groups for youth and families. He developed the Individualized-Intensive Outpatient Program for Complex Care, initially specializing in school refusal and complex somatic disorders. He and Dr. Lambright have since expanded BCSC’s I-IOP services, now directed by Dr. Miri Bar-Halpern, 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 deficits critical to adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation. He is working to develop and evaluate Values-Based Exposure Therapy, a transdiagnostic treatment for emotional disorders. He is working in collaboration with McLean Hospital to evaluate biological moderators and mediators of PTSD treatment in adults. Dr. Madigan is interested in evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of DBT + Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) for adolescents with PTSD and co-occurring life-threatening behaviors. Dr. Madigan is also interested in examining the role of traumatic invalidation in the etiology of trauma and emotional disorders.

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 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 (617) 800-9610 or email at EHartson@BostonChildStudyCenter.com.