About Dr. Abigail M. Judge

Education & Training

Dr. Judge holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to clinical work with adults, Dr. Judge obtained specialized clinical training in the treatment of children and adolescents in graduate school, where she was awarded a fellowship in child psychology from the American Psychological Association for her doctoral research. Her writing has been published in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and she is frequently invited to present at regional and national professional conferences.

It is Dr. Judge’s experience that clinicians can most effectively intervene with adults when child psychology is also understood, and that expertise in adult psychology greatly enhances clinical work with children and adolescents. Accordingly, Dr. Judge has specialized in therapy with children and adults at all levels of her training. She completed a predoctoral clinical psychology internship in child and adult psychotherapy and assessment at the Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Judge then sought postdoctoral specialization in child and family forensic evaluation at the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. This training facilitated Dr. Judge’s expertise in issues pertaining to high conflict divorce, adolescent court involvement and commercial sexual exploitation/domestic sex trafficking.

Dr. Judge divides her time between private practice and the Massachusetts General Hospital, and she is also a part-time Instructor at Harvard Medical School. At MGH, Dr. Judge leads a clinic housed in the Department of Psychiatry for adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking. Dr. Judge’s current writing focuses on the role of psychology in the multidisciplinary response to commercial sexual exploitation, and she works as a clinician, educator and expert witness on this topic. In 2018 Dr. Judge will lead an interdisciplinary meeting of experts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to develop consensus guidelines for building mental health services for women affected by commercial sexual exploitation based on psychology and survivor professional collaborations.

Clinical Experience

Dr. Judge has worked in a range of treatment settings and with many clinical populations. These include an inpatient state and private psychiatric hospital for children, adolescents and adults; outpatient clinics for children, adults and couples; clinics for youth and adults with psychotic disorders; an urban Juvenile Court Clinic; and residential treatment programs. She is trained in individual, couples and group therapy. Dr. Judge is a licensed psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Massachusetts (MA License #9224).