Dr. Kathleen Trainor

Dr. Kathleen Trainor Bio

Clinical Psychologist, Instructor, Author



For more than 30 years, Dr. Kathleen Trainor, founder of the TRAINOR Center, has treated children and adolescents with anxiety-based disorders using the latest in evidence-based approaches. Her practice, which focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is tailored to meet each child’s needs as Dr. Trainor and her professional staff work with parents who support and guide the process.

A senior Psychologist formerly on the staff of the Child Psychiatry Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Trainor holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; she had been on the Harvard Faculty for over 25 years. In addition, she frequently blogs and speaks on the subject of anxiety and related mental health issues.

Since 1988, Dr. Trainor has been a private practice psychotherapist, providing adult, adolescent, couple, and family Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in solo practice as a Licensed Independent Certified Social Worker (LICSW) and then as a Licensed Psychologist.

Dr. Trainor presents to professional and community groups in the areas of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, Autism, Trichotillomania, and more. She also provides training and consultations to schools and therapists in various clinical settings.

She is known for her 7-Step TRAINOR Method, and her long-awaited book on this program, Calming Your Anxious Child: Words to Say and Things to Do, will be published in Spring 2016.


1990-1996: Pys.D, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England Graduate School
1977-1979: MSW, Research and Administration, Stony Brook University, State University of NY
1974-1977 B.A., American Studies, The College of Old Westbury, State University of NY

Predoctoral Training

1994-1995: Predoctoral Internship, Boston Children’s Hospital

Postdoctoral Training

1995-1997: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, McLean Hospital Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic Psychology
1995-1996: Guardian Ad Litem Certification, University of Massachusetts Psychology

Licensure and Certification

2001: Licensed Independent Psychologist
1980: LICSW

Academic Appointments

1991-Present: Lecturer and Instructor, Harvard University Medical School

Hospital/Affiliated Institution Appointments

2003-present: Adult and Child Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
1991-2003: Adult and Child Psychologist, McLean Hospital Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic
1995-1996: Child and Adult Clinician, University of Massachusetts Medical Center of Central Mass.
1993-1994: Clinical Social Worker, McLean Hospital Center for Children and Adolescents
1984-1988: Director, Family Counseling Services, Family Continuity Programs Inc.
1983-1987: Clinical Social Worker, COPE (Coping with the Overall Pregnancy Experience)
1982-1984: Clinical Social Worker, Bancroft Human Services
1980-1981: Clinical Social Worker, Worcester City Hospital Family and Youth Alcohol Center
1979-1980: Family Life Education Project Director, Town of Huntington (NY) Youth Bureau

Community Service Related to Professional Work

2005-Present: Volunteer, Mental Health Provider, American Red Cross
2006-Present: Volunteer, Mental Health Provider, Natick Volunteer Medical Corp


2007-Present: Study Staff, Genetics Study of Trichotillomania and Chronic Hair pulling
2005-Present: Co-Investigator, a Pilot-Study of Osmotic-Release Methylphenidate (OROS-MPH) In Initiating and Maintaining Abstinence in Smokers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
2005-Present: Co-Investigator, Pilot Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data in Pediatric OCD to support mechanisms of Treatment Response in Pediatric OCD
2004-Present: Co-Investigator, Efficacy of Atomoxetine for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders (SUD)


Dr. Trainor, the mother of three, believes that no courses can capture the complexity of being a parent. She leverages her parenting experience and empathy to enhance her practice.

Dr. Trainor enjoys traveling, swimming, and baking.