Outpatient Mental Health

Outpatient Mental Health

Franciscan Children’s team of psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and social workers specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, psychiatric disorders (such as mood disorders, anxiety, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), learning difficulties, and behavioral challenges.

We work together to provide comprehensive outpatient mental health services to the community and local schools, and we strive to integrate our services into a meaningful therapeutic environment for each child and family. We also have a close liaison with local pediatricians and pediatric neurologists, along with laboratory accessibility, for all medical involvement.

Through the quality of care we provide, we aim to respond to all the needs of our patients in a respectful and dignified atmosphere.

About Our Program

Outpatient Services

Services available:

  • Counseling
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Group Therapy (Lego-based Social Skills Club)
  • Medication Evaluations
  • Neuropsychological Evaluations
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • School Based Programs

Multidisciplinary Evaluation Program

The Multidisciplinary Evaluation Program is a comprehensive outpatient evaluation service intended to assist children who are experiencing developmental, learning, behavioral, and emotional problems at home, in the classroom, or in the community. Based upon input from parents, physicians, teachers, or other caretakers, a series of assessments are completed by a team of pediatric specialists. Evaluations are available in a multitude of disciplines.

Franciscan Children’s offers neuropsychological and psychological evaluations as part of the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Program. A neuropsychological evaluation, specifically, involves the assessment of how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. During the course of a neuropsychological evaluation, areas such as cognition, language, visual spatial/perceptual motor, memory, executive function, and neurobehavioral status are tested objectively. In contrast, a psychological evaluation is intended to assess a child’s cognitive abilities, along with mood and social/emotional functioning.

As part of either evaluation, a careful history of the child’s developmental, medical, psychological, educational, and social history is obtained from the parent(s) or caregiver(s). The clinician will then meet with the child to conduct the evaluation over the course of one or two days, depending on the needs of the child. Following the evaluation, the clinician will use all of the information he or she has collected to identify the child’s areas of strength and weakness, and present a comprehensive summary of the child’s overall functioning in the specified areas. Classroom and treatment recommendations are provided to help parents, schools, and physicians gain a better understanding of the child’s needs.

Psychology Internship Program

APA – Accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

The mission of the Franciscan Children’s Psychology Internship Program is to prepare doctoral students for competent practice of the profession of psychology in a variety of health care, behavioral health, and educational settings. Training focuses on service delivery, ethics, and sensitivity to individual and cultural differences. Current research findings and health care delivery trends are also included in the program.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Training Staff

Fatima Watt, Psy.D. – is the interim Director of Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Watt is a licensed pediatric psychologist who provides a range of therapeutic services to children and families, including individual and family therapy, psychological and neuropsychological assessment, and consultation to families, schools, and other disciplines. She also provides supervision to the staff and interns. Her interests include neurodevelopmental disabilities, trauma, and assessment and treatment of young children and medically complex youth.

Gregory Young, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA – is the interim Director of Training for the Internship Program. Dr. Young is a licensed psychologist and behavior analyst in Behavior Health Services and the Kennedy Day School. He works as part of the medical units, supporting the rehabilitation team by improving patient’s motivation and helping to reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors. Additionally, Dr. Young provides behavioral consultation to the Kennedy Day School. He has specific interest in working with individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring complex medical conditions. He has experience with severe problem behavior reduction, medical desensitization, pediatric sleep disorders, and a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D. – is a licensed neuropsychologist who supervises the interns and runs the weekly assessment seminar. She has experience working with brain injured and medically impaired children, as well as children with learning and memory disabilities.

Amanda Platner, PsyD– is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. She works primarily in outpatient Behavioral Health Services where she provides a range of therapeutic services and conducts psychological and neuropsychological assessments. She also conducts individual supervision for psychology interns and participates in evaluations on our Medical Units. Her interests include parent training, social skills groups, and autism diagnostic assessment.


2017 – 2018 Psychology Internship Program Outline

Download Program Outline

Trainee Admissions, Support and Outcomes Data:
FC APA Internship Program Admissions
FC APA Internship Program Support
FC APA Internship Program Post-Internship Positions


Most private insurances accepted. Medicaid and Massachusetts Health accepted. Interpreter Services Available.

Specialty Groups

Additional Contact Information

Fatima A. Watt, Psy.D.
Pediatric Psychologist
617-254-3800 x5420

To make a referral, please call (617) 254-3800, ext. 3141. Clinicians will return telephone calls and schedule the first appointment after the initial referral information is gathered.

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