Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. She did her undergraduate work at Harvard and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University. She completed postdoctoral clinical and research training at MGH.
Dr. Hirshfeld-Becker conducts CBT for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and mood disorders with children, adolescents, and young adults. She has particular expertise with treating anxiety in young children and has developed and tested an early family-based cognitive-behavioral intervention for young (4-7-year-old) children with anxiety (the “Being Brave” Program). She recently piloted this intervention with young children with anxiety plus autism spectrum disorders, and she is currently piloting it with children ages 2-3 years. Other research she has conducted has focused on factors that put children at risk for anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Hirshfeld-Becker trains child psychiatry fellows in child CBT and offers on-line courses in this area. She is also involved in leadership of the MGH Child Resiliency Program.