J Stuart Ablon

Director of Think:Kids at Mass General

Dr. Stuart Ablon is Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. He co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as co-director from its inception until 2008 when he founded Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. Through training, support and clinical services in their revolutionary, evidence-based approach, Think:Kids promotes the belief that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, the Collaborative Problem Solving approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on building helping relationships and teaching at-risk kids the skills they need to succeed.

Dr. Ablon’s research has been funded by, amongst others, the National Institute of Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and other philanthropic gifts and grants.

Dr. Ablon has trained thousands of parents, educators, and clinicians and consults to schools and treatment programs throughout the world on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. He has led large-scale implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving, for example, throughout the entire State of Oregon and the Ottawa System of Care. Dr. Ablon has also directed implementation in large school systems throughout North America including collaboration with the Department of Education in New York City. In addition, he has led implementation of Collaborative Problem Solving in correctional systems such as the Oregon Youth Authority and the training of all school safety agents and officers in the New York Police Department.

A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena by Speaker Ranked.