Blaise Aguirre, MD

Blaise Aguirre, MD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a trainer in, and specializes in, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as other treatments such as mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and associated conditions. He is the founding medical director of 3East continuum of care, an array of programs for teens that uses DBT to target self-endangering behaviors as well as the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits.

Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He lectures regularly throughout the world. Dr. Aguirre is the author or co-author of many books, including Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder, Coping With BPD, and Fighting Back.

Listen to Dr. Aguirre talk about teens and suicide on McLean’s podcast Mindful Things.


Book cover - DBT for Dummies

DBT For Dummies
by Gillian Galen, PsyD, Blaise Aguirre, MD
(Wiley, 2021)

Book cover - Fighting Back

Fighting Back: What an Olympic Champion’s Story Can Teach Us About Recognizing and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse—and Helping Kids Recover
Kayla Harrison, Cynthia S. Kaplan, and Blaise Aguirre
(Guilford Press, 2018)

Book cover - Coping with BPD

Coping With BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
by Blaise Aguirre, MD, and Gillian Galen, PsyD
(New Harbinger, 2015)

Book cover - Mindfulness for BPD

Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
by Blaise Aguirre, MD, and Gillian Galen, PsyD
(New Harbinger, 2013)

Book cover - Parenting Your Child With Autism

Parenting Your Child With Autism: Practical Solutions, Strategies, and Advice for Helping Your Family
by Anjali Sastry and Blaise Aguirre, MD
(New Harbinger, 2012)

Book cover - BPD in Adolescent

Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent Has BPD
by Blaise Aguirre, MD
(Fair Winds Press, 2007)

Book cover - Helping Your Troubled Teen

Helping Your Troubled Teen: Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today’s Teens and Preteens
by Cynthia Kaplan, PhD, Blaise Aguirre, MD, and Michael Rater, MD
(Fair Winds Press, 2007)

Book cover - Depression

Biographies of Disease: Depression
by Blaise Aguirre, MD
(Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008)

Education & Training

  • 1989 MD, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1991-1994 Residency in Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 1994-1996 Massachusetts Child and Adolescent Fellowship, Boston Medical Center
Board Certifications:
  • 1993 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1996 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


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