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BENJAMIN BANISTER, MBA, PSYD

Dr. Benjamin Banister is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Lecturer in Psychology, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and depression. Dr. Banister is a certified treatment provider for the Unified Protocol and a foundationally trained DBT therapist.  


Dr. Banister graduated cum laude from the University at Albany with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education. He received his MBA from Clark University and Psy.D. from the University of Hartford. He completed clinical training at a wide variety of sites including Johnson Memorial Hospital in CT in their inpatient unit and partial hospital program (PHP) and the Child Guidance Clinic in Springfield, MA. Dr. Banister also participated in research and clinical training at the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT, and the VA in Newington, CT. He completed his APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Westborough State Hospital (forensic track) and then his post-doctoral fellowship at Two Brattle Center in Cambridge, MA, working in the Adolescent DBT Partial Hospitalization Program. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Banister was appointed the Program Director of the Intensive Adolescent DBT Program at Two Brattle Center. He then transitioned to the 3East Adolescent DBT programs at McLean Hospital as a Staff Psychologist within the intensive residential and PHP programs. Thereafter, Dr. Banister developed and directed the 3East Cambridge Residence, a residential program providing clinical and transitional services for college-age women following intensive mental health treatment. He currently maintains a clinical appointment at McLean Hospital.


Dr. Banister is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the ‚ÄčAmerican Psychological Association (APA), and Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA).