Dr. Ryan J. Madigan
Founder & Co-Director
Dr. Madigan founded the Boston Child Study Center (BCSC) in 2013 and the Boston Child Study Center – Los Angeles (BCSC-LA) in 2018 with the mission to improve the lives of youth and families through expanding access to evidence-based treatment and providing community education and training. In addition to his work at BCSC and BCSC-LA, 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 serves on an expert panel for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where he provides consultation on child and adolescent trauma research initiatives. He also serves on an expert review panel for the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Dr. Madigan earned his master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. He was intensive trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. He completed his pre-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders before serving as a Research Fellow, where he supervised 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 consultation, supervision and training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. He directs BCSC’s comprehensive DBT services and developed and co-directs BCSC’s Intensive Outpatient Programming for Complex Care, which delivers intensive evidence-based CBT, DBT and PCIT programming to youth and young adults with complex diagnostic presentations including school refusal, complex psychosomatic disorders, suicidality and self-harm, emotion dysregulation, and severe anxiety, depression, and trauma.
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 intervention integrating cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies to address suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors and co-occurring anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, trauma, psychosis, substance abuse, and eating related disorders. He is working in collaboration with McLean Hospital to evaluate biological moderators and mediators of PTSD treatment in adults. Dr. Madigan is also collaborating with the CEDAR Clinic at Beth Israel Medical Center to examine the feasibility and efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure (DBT PE) for adolescents with PTSD and co-occurring psychotic disorders and life threatening behaviors.