Theodore J. Ellenhorn, PhD

Department of Clinical Psychology

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Highest Degree

PhD, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University


Received a MA in school psychology and a Ph.D. in Combined Clinical/Research Psychology in 1989 at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, where he worked with Wilma Bucci, Ph.D. on the integration of cognitive science and psychoanalysis. Dr. Ellenhorn is a year 2000 graduate and current faculty of the Massachusetts Institute and Society for Psychoanalysis (MIP). He is a past president of the Western Massachusetts/Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Local Chapter, Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association, and a founding member and faculty, Post Graduate Fellowship Program-West, MIP.

Dr. Ellenhorn’s clinical and research interests include: processes and structures of objectification and dehumanization, community violence and trauma, verbal expression and physical and emotional health, intergenerational transmission of culture and systems of fetishized primitive delusional beliefs and objects, deracination sequelae, unconscious communication, character formation and maintenance, and psychotherapy process research. He has presented papers nationally on such topics as dreams, silence, humor, nonverbal participation, psychotherapy research, discourse analysis, language and personality style, referential functioning, multiple code theory, varieties of self-experience, siblings, dissociation, therapist couples, violence and PTSD, the future of professional psychology, psychoanalytic education, anomie, and professional correspondences in history. In the 1990’s, he was a principal of the Ellenhorn Consultation Group, providing leadership development, executive coaching, assessment, team building, and human factors consultation. He has worked internationally with issues of globalization, high growth, leadership, and creativity.

Dr. Ellenhorn was previously an instructor in psychiatry and the chair of the IRB at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has also held positions as Adjunct Faculty and Supervisor, Doctoral Program, Smith College School for Social Work, Adjunct Assistant Research Professor at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, and Adjunct Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor, Doctoral Program, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. For the past 26 years he has maintained an independent clinical practice in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and consultation. Dr. Ellenhorn is also a musician, working primarily in jazz settings as a guitar player.