Meet Dr. Gajee
Dr. Nancy Gajee is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. Her approach to treatment is collaborative. She sees herself as a teacher, guide and coach for her clients. She is the expert on behavioral health and clients are the experts on themselves and their families. Dr. Gajee and her clients join together to achieve treatment goals.
Dr. Gajee has years of experience treating children, teens and adults with a wide range of behavioral health challenges. She has helped clients with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, autism, depression, attention deficits, impulsivity, difficulty with transitions, meltdowns, challenging behaviors and more. She has worked with clients and families struggling with grief, bullying, foster placements, adoption, and the impact of inequity, discrimination and bias on their mental health.
Dr. Gajee’s understanding of the principles that make evidence-based protocols work allows her to stay true to those principles while also flexibly adapting parts as needed to tailor treatment to meet each individual’s or family’s needs. Her aim is to help clients get better and move on with their lives with a new set of skills they can carry with them.
Dr. Gajee graduated with her B.A. from Columbia University and obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training at May Institute. Dr. Gajee has extensive training, experience and expertise in using evidence-based treatments to treat a wide range of mental and behavioral health problems. She is a PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) International Certified Therapist.
She has also received in-depth training and supervision in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), behavioral parent training (BPT), behavior therapy, exposure and response prevention (ERP), exposure therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT), modular approach to treatment of children (MATCH), and other treatments. She has experience providing clinically proven treatments to individuals, families and groups ages 2 – 79 in outpatient, day treatment and school settings.
Most recently, in her role as Clinical Director at the Baker Center (formerly Judge Baker Children’s Center), Dr. Gajee expanded outpatient services and established the new Baker Center for Children and Families at Waltham, a multi-service behavioral health clinic offering high-quality evidence-based treatments to children, families and young adults. She also oversaw the Center for Effective Child Therapy, an outpatient clinic; Camp Baker, a summer camp for children with ADHD; and Next Step, a college prep program for teens with social communication challenges including autism.
Previously, Dr. Gajee was at May Institute for 12 years where she served as Senior Director of Special Projects and Director of Clinical Training for the APA-accredited doctoral internship program. She developed an effective toolkit, in partnership with Work Inc. and funded by a grant from the Kessler Foundation, that enables autistic young adults to enter and stay in the workforce and manage anxiety.
She was previously Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services and oversaw outpatient and day treatment programs across three community mental health clinics in eastern Massachusetts. She also served on the Institutional Review Board, was a founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council, and directed a multi-family group therapy program and the School-Based Counseling initiative. Dr. Gajee has extensive experience providing clinical supervision to trainees and professionals at all levels (doctoral-, master’s-, and bachelor’s-level).
Additionally, she has provided training to special education collaborative staff on cognitive behavior therapy and how to implement it in a school setting. Dr. Gajee has conducted continuing education trainings on working with autistic youth and adults who also have mental health challenges for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, River Valley Counseling Center in Holyoke, MA,, and Lifespan Health Services and the State Division of Developmental Disabilities in Rhode Island. She also provides consultation to pediatricians and other medical providers to help them better serve their patients who present with mental health concerns. Dr. Gajee has presented her research at several national and international conferences.